The only problem with meeting new people is that you have to acknowledge them again. You can’t avoid them. This is typical at work, or even at an apartment. You can’t hide, which sucks if you’re an introvert.
Being invisible makes it easier to be yourself. When you walk in New York, you can trip and fall and no one blinks an eye. Even if you do get a few laughs or worst some asshole records it, at least you won’t have to acknowledge those people again. It’s a one-time deal.
Knowing everyone makes embarrassment impossible. People remember it. If they don’t remember it, all it takes is one person to remind them. Remember that asshole who takes the pictures?
“You have to be mentally ill to be famous.” – Aphex Twin
Can you imagine knowing everybody? That’s what famous people go through. They have to watch their guard everywhere they go. Celebrities even hire guards to secure their own privacy but the guards are probably snooping on them too.
The trick to privacy in a public world is to ignore what others think. It doesn’t matter how well you know them or not. They’re not going anywhere and you need to get on with the business of living. We’re all victims of our self-consciousness. Pursue your own space, whether or not it exactly exists.