Why so Shy?

In this day and age, where everyone in college seems to be immersed in social media, there still seems to be a stigma against sharing with more than one person at a time. At the beginning of my course, I threatened that anyone who missed class would still be required to virtually attend via a Face Time link with one of their other group members unless they were “deathly ill”. Although I have had the usual number of students missing class for reasons of illness and other excusable absences, I have been unable to get anyone to virtually participate. I regularly see students Skyping and using Face Time with other people one on one, but group audiences for these activities seem to be out of the question. The only thing I can ascribe it to is that although the link is virtual, the communication is still perceived as being intimate and too many onlookers would ruin the experience. I think that following up on this observation would make for an interesting psychological study so that the phenomena could be quantified. Hey all you Social Psychologists, Any takers?

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