[Help]: Social cost of cryonics?

Over the past few months I’ve been do­ing a lot of read­ing about cry­on­ics, and though I agree with the ar­gu­ments of Eliezer Yud­kowsky and Robin Han­son on the is­sue, I still feel un­com­fortable about ac­tu­ally sign­ing up. Upon re­flec­tion, my true re­jec­tion is my fear of the so­cial cost of cry­on­ics, i.e. be­ing per­ceived as weird and com­pletely in­com­pre­hen­si­ble by ev­ery­one around me. I’ve read the “Hos­tile Wife Phenomenon” ar­ti­cle on De­pressed Metabolism, the New York Times Magaz­ine ar­ti­cle on Robin Han­son’s per­sonal situ­a­tion (as well as Robin’s re­ply), and scores of com­ments on LessWrong, and it looks a lot of cry­on­i­cists do in­deed ex­pe­rience the feel­ing that Eliezer de­scribes in Lonely Dissent.

My con­cerns about the so­cial cost of cry­on­ics can be bro­ken down into two cat­e­gories:

  • Loss of ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ships with fam­ily, friends, etc. I value the re­la­tion­ships I cur­rently have with my fam­ily and friends, and sign­ing up for cry­on­ics would jeop­ar­dize many of these re­la­tion­ships. Most of my friends and fam­ily mem­bers are not in­ter­ested in ra­tio­nal­ity and would be com­pletely baf­fled if I de­cided to sign up. Nonethe­less, I do not want to lose these re­la­tion­ships, as they are cur­rently an im­por­tant part of my life; I would con­sider my life to be sig­nifi­cantly worse than it is now if I had to sever a lot of these emo­tional ties.

  • In­creased difficulty of form­ing re­la­tion­ships in the fu­ture. I’m not par­tic­u­larly good at form­ing new re­la­tion­ships, and I’m very wor­ried that sign­ing up for cry­on­ics will cre­ate an in­sur­mountable so­cial stigma that will make it nearly im­pos­si­ble for me to do so.

Over­all, though, I have very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion about what the so­cial cost of cry­on­ics re­ally is be­yond a few scat­tered anec­dotes and sec­ond­hand de­scrip­tions of cry­on­i­cists’ lives. Ul­ti­mately, I don’t re­ally know how many of my fears would ac­tu­ally be re­al­ized if I signed up. This makes it difficult to for me to make a de­ci­sion, as I am very risk-averse and I feel re­luc­tant to choose some­thing that could po­ten­tially make the next six or seven decades of my life mis­er­able. As a re­sult, I have de­cided to en­gage in some data col­lec­tion.

To do so, I would like to hear about your ex­pe­riences. If you are cur­rently signed up for cry­on­ics, I would very much ap­pre­ci­ate it if you took a minute or two to de­scribe the effects that sign­ing up has had on your re­la­tion­ships and your so­cial life in gen­eral. If you are not signed up, your feed­back on this topic is still wel­come. Links to ar­ti­cles would be good, but dis­cus­sion of per­sonal ex­pe­riences would be bet­ter.