I wonder at the success of social media, the apparent contradiction between the convention driven and  often stilted behavior that occurs face to face, and the lack of inhibition displayed on social media.

Perhaps this is because the social media offers the illusion of intimacy without the complications of real intimacy experienced face to face, and it suffers no immediate risk of derision or rejection, whereas face to face, these are real risks every time you put yourself out there.

The flip side is that like most things in life, the potential reward has an inverse relationship to the risk accepted.