Social awkwardness is the feeling when we believe that our desire for being accepted by others is threatened in a given situation.
A 2021 study of 240 U.S. adults found that social awkwardness symptoms significantly increased due to the COVID shutdowns. This is because social skills are like muscles that loss from lack of use.
From an evolutionary perspective, we are social beings. Feeling anxious in social situations reminds us to pay attention to the effects of our behavior. So, not only is it normal to feel awkward or socially anxious sometimes, but it is also helpful.