>>1193> If I'm going to spend my time interacting with fake people I might as well watch anime and play computer games.> Everybody hides behind masks, and I don't care about their masks anymore.
Again, IMO, this ties back to social-awkwardness. Most people are scared to reveal their true colors in public; my Aspie roommate, for example, constantly hides the fact that he's a closet weeb, just because he thinks this one asshole on his sports team might make fun of him for it.
Conversely, as we get older, I've noticed that people are less and less accepting of quirky people and unfamiliar stimuli. For example, a group of highschoolers could see something mildly amusing and have a dialogue whose eloquence rivals that of a Shakespearian comedy. This seems to be far less common among adults, especially my fellow young adults, who would be keen to look on with a look of utter incomprehension and dismiss the event as quickly as possible.
The natural solution to this is to create a persona that lies mostly within peoples' comfort zones, but possesses just enough of your own eccentricities to be interesting. Sure, some people really are genuinely fake (Talk about an oxymoron.), but most people are simply limiting how much they show to the rest of the world, out of the fear that the world will reject them for being who they are.