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Are We In A Golden Age Of Awkwardness?

Kyle Taylor
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Some would say we're living in a golden age of awkwardness. We recognize it in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, and Silicon Valley. It's in Buzzfeed gif-ticles, and those old reruns of Seinfeld. Let's not forget Holden Caulfield, Owen Meany and Winnie the Pooh

We laugh at awkwardness even as we cringe in its presence. It's funny and benign until it's not - when the fear of "making it weird" becomes a stronger impulse than the pain of doing what we don't want to do. 

We had a hard time in the newsroom defining awkwardness and how it differed from say, embarrassment. We'll talk about that. We also talk to someone who offers advice on how to deal with awkward moments and a scientist who says some people are chronically awkward, different from people who suffer  the occasional awkward experience.


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