I would literally be 10x more confident if it was socially acceptable to cover my face with a mask whilst in public.
dude. used to go to electronic music shows with my normie friends. they loved me and have always understood my autism. I was always so fucking uncomfortable and anxious at these shows. one time my best friend noticed this, gave me his bandana and said "cover your face with this" I covered my face from the nose down and immediately felt like a different person. I had no inhibitions. It was so liberating.
I can't believe I had a friend as fucking cool as that. I can't believe I forgot he did that until just now. I can't believe I haven't talked to him in 2 years cause I was struggling with alcohol/drug addiction.
I miss my friend.
It's an innate human thing. We cover our face when we lie. We cover our face to prevent others from knowing too much about us. We think if they can't see some of the muscle movement in the face, we're safer.
Can somewhat confirm. I recently walked a couple of hundred metres with my gloved hand covering my mouth and it felt... not exactly confident, but more self-contained, distanced.
I hate the thought of people looking at me and judging or categorizing me by the looks of my face, or anything for that matter. I just want to be anonymous. I'm not hideous or even unattractive, I just want to stay separated from others. Having a mask would make it easier to avoid interpersonal relationships and emotional conflicts with others.