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Me and my iBlankey

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08.11.2018

OPINION: At a recent work event I found myself in a familiar panic.

I stood in the corner looking around for someone I knew, but there was no one. Not having the guts to go up and network I reached into my bag, pulled out my phone and scrolled aimlessly.

Not to pass the time or out of habit, although I do that too, but to hide. My iPhone works as a security blanket, it's my invisibility cloak.

If I'm on my phone, looking down, not meeting anyone's eye, they can't see me.

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It works in all situations, from feeling awkward and anxious in a social gathering, to avoiding Green Peace or Red Cross on the street.

For some reason being glued to my phone, hiding in a corner, makes me feel safe and takes the social anxiety away.

What did people do for social anxiety before phones? Hide in the toilets, face the wall, put a paper bag over their head?

But I know my relationship with my phone is not healthy. However, a lot of our........

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