It is no revelation that social media has made us anything but socially ept. We may feel socially challenged even as we know how everyone’s ‘feeling’ every hour! We may feel socially challenged as we take to incessant taps, clicks and swipes to express how we feel! We may feel socially challenged as an endless feed of everyone’s-having-a-great-time-save-me stares us in the face, and we may feel socially challenged when we have just enough time to look up from our screens to actually speak to someone around and fail! But hey, we mention we were with this ‘someone’ on Facebook right after!
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There can be many reasons you feel awkward and socially challenged around people- but a few of them are written in the stars. Here are the top ones, by your zodiac sign:
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Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You aren’t the kind to stick to tried and tested formulae. You shall more likely take the plunge instead of testing the waters. You aren’t the one for a humdrum booze-and-party weekend every week and seek out scintillating variety in life’s experiences. However, not many can keep up with you and would much rather take the Netflix-and-pizza saga over a madcap, zany week of volleyball, rock-climbing or unheard of concerts! As such, it is hard for you to find people who can keep pace and you feel left out. Maybe you should do what you want to, alone and you might find someone who wouldn’t let you do those very things alone, after all!
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You feel socially challenged because you are far too stubborn to make new friends. You tend to hold onto history and wish to keep the set of friends you’ve had since high school, unable to accept that time flies, people change and what used to be no longer is. People might not fit into your life the same way they did, once upon a time and it is okay to loosen the grip. Go out and make new friends.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You aren’t exactly the best one when it comes to following up. You won’t text or call back- much less answer emails or follow through. As such, people in your life tend to question your devotion to them and may feel that the dynamic you share is one-sided. You need to remember that you have to reciprocate. Call back, reply to texts, take the initiative- if you do the needful, they too shall.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You feel socially inept because you are constantly worrying about things. About boys or work or the home! You always have something on your mind and that stops you from taking a breather. You need to relax, give yourself a break and go out, and have some fun. Remind yourself that it is okay to let your hair down once a week and that you deserve it.
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
FOMO is a real thing with you. You cannot stop swiping, clicking, tapping and wondering why your friends are having a ‘good time’ without you! If you could just stop obsessing about what your friends are doing and understand that social media has a way of messing with your head, you’d know that your friends are entitled to a life outside what you share with them and so are you! Do not doubt your friendships because of things that the screen shows and do NOT stop yourself from having fun because you aren’t in on theirs’.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
Your problem is that you are overtly critical of things people say or do. As such, a differing opinion posted as a comment on your update or an off-sync remark about your favorite artist can rub you the wrong way. You may hold it against the person and be unforgiving to the extent that you may be curt, rude or sever ties. Of course, you need to hold your own and not allow people to walk all over you but you also need to be more accommodating and forgiving. Remember you cannot take back your words.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
You are simply too shy to reach out to people. You expect people to reach out to you, call, text, send invites or check in to see if you want to hang out- but you cannot and shall not do the same on your end. You do not take the lead in making plans or pick that darned phone to text first. You do not invite someone over or call up, simply to chat someone up. You need to know that give and take isn’t just the governing dictum of the business world alone but works equally well with friendships!
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
You feel you do not have many friends because you tend to hang out in large circles where you easily pass off for someone ‘fun to be around,’ but lack a genuine connection with people. You tend to be the one with the wisecracks and funny stories but hardly have someone you could share a deeper thought or feeling with. If you wish for that to change, you may want to take to a select few so you can forge a more real, meaningful connection.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
You may feel alone because most of your friends are separated from you by physical distance. They have moved out of state and can’t visit you- which makes you feel like you are losing out on the social front. But the next time the loneliness blues strike, know that you can do so much more than send a text. Try Skype, hangouts or simply, send each other SnapChat stories like moody mavens!
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
You hold yourself entitled to genuine and authentic bonds- and let’s admit it, those are hard to find. You like having a handful of real, authentic people around you who’ve got your back instead of having a crowd that claims to be your go-to gang!
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
You are socially challenged simply because you are too lazy. You have a bunch of people around who want to get together and invite you in but you just turn them down coz putting on pants and stepping out is quite the task! But turn down one too many invites and people shall stop sending them in! So, get up, get dressed and get out- it isn’t as tough as you think!
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Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
You have a hard time accepting that you do not see your buddies as much as you used to. But life isn’t all about carefree college days or the innocent childhood times! Everyone grows up, has a life to take care of and may not see you every Friday. That does not make your friendship any less important! You can be friends with people, even if you go weeks without seeing each other or speaking to them!
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