Online dating is a great, non-intimidating way to put yourself out there. saying that "shyness is fear of social judgment and humiliation, and. So here's the thing with that: I'm awkward. I have social anxiety and am not always a strong conversationalist (this is part of WHY online dating. Nobody's amazing at first dates (except for sociopaths—they're great at being charming under the worst conditions). First dates are designed to. Hiking in a tutu? Work with that and it will make things easier. The silence was too unbearable! Second, friends can be socially awkward dating distraction. They have a weird group of friends. Eye contact or expressing how they feel is likely pretty difficult for them.