Experience seldom scales up very well. We know that:
- Hand written greeting cards bring a joy that is missing in e-greetings and forwarded SMS's.
- Cooking for a family is different from managing a large kitchen.
- Experience of managing a corner store doesn't help when the business is a large departmental store.
It is the same when we tranfer our experience of personal interactions from real world to the virtual one.
People around you wouldn't ignore you so completely, as they may online. A polite smile is almost biologically programmed, but there is no equivalent on the net.
You now have the freedom to say what you want. But nobody has the slightest obligation to pay attention.
In some respects it is disconcerting, but in many others it is fun too!