“Research on prisoners, hermits, soldiers, astronauts, polar explorers and others who have spent extended periods in isolation indicates social skills are like muscles that atrophy from lack of use. People separated from society — by circumstance or by choice — report feeling more socially anxious, impulsive, awkward and intolerant when they return to normal life.” In the NYT, Kate Murphy explains why We’re All Socially Awkward Now. (Many of us have been staying in shape by screaming at each other on social media. Atrophied? I’ve never been this ripped.)