What Does an Avatar Say to You?

@2wicelot (2948)
July 7, 2007 10:16pm CST
Whenever I read a discussion, a response or a comment, I always form an image and a sound of the person writing it in my mind based on the avatar and to some extent the profile of the person. I formulate the accent and the sound of the voice and every time I come across the persons discussion or response, I read it the same way in my mind. Does a person's avatar affect you in this way too.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
10 Jul 07
To me, the image that a person uses tells me a lot about them. I used a picture of myself so that no one would assume how I was choosong to represent myself. I am who I am and I don't want to hide behind anything.
@2wicelot (2948)
10 Jul 07
That is good to know rozie37. But this seems like your baby picture, lol. I remember you had your own picture up there before although I have seen the picture there in your profile. I really don't like putting up my picture online or anywhere else for that matter. I guess I am not as brave as you are.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
10 Jul 07
My face is all over the internet, it is not a big deal to my anymore and to be honest with you, I don't know why, but if I think about it long enough, I may panic. Anyway, yes I had another picture of me up yesterday and this is my first grade picture. The reason that I changed it is because somebody out in the Mylot world has been attacking my and my ratings have been swiftly going down, so maybe you could say I am in disguise, hehehehe.
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@2wicelot (2948)
10 Jul 07
Wow, that is terrible. That is one of the things I don't like about this site. A few members have taken it upon themselves to hurt and bring down other members. But I liked the other picture, you looked great there. You also look great in this one too. So I guess whatever disguise you use as long as it is your picture you will always look great.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
16 Jul 07
I think you are hiding behind your trees, and if I am not mistaken, this is not first avatar that you use...:) I think that my avatar is very easy to see and understand... If people don't use their own image, usually they use an image of things or ideas important for them....
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
16 Jul 07
Thank you (blush)...:) Nothing changes with yours, but I miss your blue star. What happen, did you step on wrong Avatar??? Is anything stronger than big bear???
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
16 Jul 07
It is so strange. I my case I know who, but I just ignore it and I stay away from any discussion they respond to. Hope it will not happen to you again. I don't like star system at all. In the beginning we didn't have stars and it was working fine.
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@2wicelot (2948)
16 Jul 07
Hi there, I am not really behind the trees. I just took a quick snap of the top of the trees behind the house. I have not used any other avatar since joining mylot like a month ago. I used this after I changed the default avatar. I am really not happy with people here on mylot who are bent on hurting and bringing others down. It is really sad.
@kaplya (1578)
• India
8 Jul 07
mmm..i agree to an extent an avatar does influence my thoughts about a person but to be honest it's mainly by her/his post that i form an image of her/him and really not actually a physical form or something like that but only a faint image!:) you must have a good imagination power to think even about the voice of the person or his/her accent!:D now naturally i m curious what form you may be having on your mind about me!;)
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@2wicelot (2948)
8 Jul 07
Well it is just my own imagination and it may not necessary be accurate at all. I think you are a lady who is fun loving and uses the computer a lot. You like to speak your mind too.
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@kaplya (1578)
• India
8 Jul 07
hmmm..it's right i use computer a lot!:) but fun loving, ask my family and they would call me a bore!lol
@2wicelot (2948)
9 Jul 07
It is funny they think you are boring, lol. I guess I was wrong then. But to me you are fun loving; at least here at mylot.
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• Saudi Arabia
16 Jul 07
Hi, For me it means a lot, since avatars and nicknames are the only things you see/feel about the person of course the discussions and responses also tell a lot. Still if I wish to know what kind of person started the discussion or responded to one, I really have to look at the avatar.. Thanks for the nice topic.
@2wicelot (2948)
16 Jul 07
Thank you very much morningdew. From your avatar and username, I would say you are person who is full of freshness. Have a nice day.
• Saudi Arabia
17 Jul 07
Thanks, Nice day to you too :)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
16 Jul 07
Hello 2wicelot!:-) Sometimes, I do hear voices crossing my mind, especially when I feel something meaningful and coming from heart. Avatars do make a first impression on my mind and there are valid logical reasons behind it. Whenever we do something, we do on purpose, at least most of the time. Selection of Avatar is one such thing. It tells about personality, something one cares for, something one means or even something one hates or dislikes. Some people use it ironically which still tells something about a personality and how he/she relates to that Avatar, and I find this irony in the words people write. My reading of people here isn't limited to Avatars as there purpose (positive, negative, humiliation etc) of using it can't be known just by simply seeing it. For that I study the discussions that one starts, responds and comments to. I also see profiles and what those people have in their profiles. In totality it gives me a better picture of a personality and helps me respond/communicate to them in a way they can understand.
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@2wicelot (2948)
16 Jul 07
That is a really nice response kamran. You are really very meticulous in your approach and really study people very well so you can learn much about them. I told you this before. Thanks for this really comprehensive response.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
16 Jul 07
You are welcome 2wicelot. I am glad that you liked what I had to say:-) Thanks for your appreciation!
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
8 Jul 07
I feel the same way. When I see an Avatar I start thinking about other discussions I have had with this person, and I try to visualize them at the time I am reading there post...The avatar tell us what is important in that persons life...This is what makes us all unique..
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@2wicelot (2948)
8 Jul 07
I always visualise the person behind the avatar. I also try to imagine what the person sounds like in terms of the voice and accent. From yours, I would say you are a woman who is proud of her family and especially her kids. And from some of your discussions, I would say you are very passionate about the well being of children and you are willing to speak up about it. I hope I got it right, lol.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Yes, you are right! Knowing this helps us to better communicate with one another..
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• Australia
28 Jul 07
Not really - don't take much notice of it.
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@2wicelot (2948)
28 Jul 07
Wow, you do the opposite of what many others do.
@anonymili (3138)
28 Jul 07
I hope I don't upset a lot of people with my response to this but I do make a judgement about people from their avatar when they have a photo on it which is obviously of a film star. I have seen many people with avatar pics of famous Bollywood or Hollywood stars and I wonder "Who do they think they're fooling?" Not everyone would know from looking at an avatar pic of say a Bollywood star that the person is a celebrity and they might assume that it's a real pic of the myLot member and they could also respond to their discussions just because they think the person is good looking from their fake avatar pic. If I were to use a photo on my avatar it would be my own photo and not of a celebrity. I don't have any issues with any other type of avatar pic, if you want to have a cute kitten or puppy or cartoon character or a mountain or a glass of milk even, then it's all good - I don't make any judgements about those kind of avatars at all :)
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@2wicelot (2948)
28 Jul 07
Hi there anonymili, you are right you know. Many members here display pictures of famous people and not their own pictures. The only image that can be formed from that is that the person may be a fan of the person they are displaying. I don't like displaying my pictures anywhere but I doubt if I will display someone else's picture instead.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
24 Jul 07
If a person uses his real photo definitely we could judge lots of him from his appearance. If he uses other object then it must have some meanings associated with it. Say he picks a lovely baby it could be sure that he loves children and family life. If he chooses a weird or scary avatar I might consider him to be unusual or playful lol... Before we get to know a person it is human nature to read him from his physical appearance especially from his face. When I glance through the discussions the respective avatars do really influence my thoughts on the persons as well as the user names if we do not visit their profiles. Anyhow, when I get to know a friend well after some interactions then his avator will soon become less significant as in my first impression of him.
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@2wicelot (2948)
24 Jul 07
Yes we seem to read people from the face initially. Kind of like the first impression we get. Thanks for the response.
@bkfuels (1605)
• Canada
23 Jul 07
Yes it does especially if there is an actual picture of the person, I feel I can see the person I am talking to, On the ones with no photograph I try to imagine, although I know I am no where close. I can get a feel of them from the picture they choose to use. It is actually fun for me.
@2wicelot (2948)
24 Jul 07
Yes it is really fun. Just trying to picture what the persons really looks like and sounds like. Really cool.
@dbhattji (2507)
• India
17 Jul 07
I have come to recognize mt friends from their avtar, and have formed a tentative picture of them,I try to get a clue about their personality from their avtars
@2wicelot (2948)
17 Jul 07
That is really good. I think it is always good to have that image of the person you are discussing with.
17 Jul 07
An avatar can say so much about a person. There are so many people on here now that I tend to recognise people from their avatars. I often wonder what people look like, how they speak, etc., but I must admit there are times when I feel that some of the avatars on here are really quite misleading :-)
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@2wicelot (2948)
17 Jul 07
I agree. A lot of the avatars can be misleading. Some just don't say anything. But I always form an image of the person behind the discussion from their avatar and profiles.
@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I don't pay much attention to the avatars. Some men use pictures of women as their avatar and that would lead some to think they were talking to a female and not a male. Even though you may get a good impression from mine. I do use a laptop and the questioning look on the beavers face tells you I am a person who searches the net for everything. LOL
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@2wicelot (2948)
11 Jul 07
I really like the look on the beavers face. It looks a little bit surprised. I have not noticed men using women photos before, I guess i have to watch out for that.
@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
9 Jul 07
I know I do the same, and at one stage my friends and I went through a stage where we all changed our Avatars, and it was quite a 'shock' I think a person's Avatar can tell, a lot about your personality, consciously or subconsciously. I won't change mine in the near future, it is almost as important as a book cover!
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@2wicelot (2948)
9 Jul 07
Exactly, it is like a book cover and it can convey a lot of information. I agree.
@jeanbug23 (567)
• Philippines
9 Jul 07
No, it doesn't affect me at all. An avatar is just a common picture that has been simply chosen to put right there in your primary profile. What I do care is the real picture of the person behind it.
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@2wicelot (2948)
9 Jul 07
I agree and a lot of people here agree with you too. The persons picture says more than just an arbitrarily chosen avatar.
@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Hey 2l, The avatar (& profile info) helps me in those ways if it's a pic of the person but if it's a {other} pic then it just gives me a sense of that person interests. +'s 2 U :D
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@2wicelot (2948)
8 Jul 07
+ 2 u 2. I agree. The picture gives more info. Some put up the pictures of children. May be it is the pictures of their children or their pictures when when they were children.
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Wow-- I better change mine then- I don't want you reading mine like a cat- : ) I've been meaning to change it- Nope- I look at the avatar and then laugh- I have to admit that a nice avatar draws me to the discussion-
@2wicelot (2948)
8 Jul 07
No there is no need to change it. It is not only the avatar that gives the whole image. Your profile, the discussions you started, your website all contribute. From what i can tell, you are a fun loving persons who like to travel and also likes animals especially cats.
@abiesm (376)
• Vietnam
8 Jul 07
I usually see the avatar of the person who start discussion ^^ . I think I can know his passion from his avatar. I'm glad to find someone who have the same passion with me, so avatar is the 1st thing that is impressionnate for me. an avatar can show your character too ^^
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@2wicelot (2948)
8 Jul 07
That is very good to know. Cheers.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Some avatars tell something about the person, some say nothing at all and some are misleading which I guess also tells us something about the person. Mine has meaning to me, but there are probably not that many people here who would know what that is. Sometimes I look at the profile and sometimes I don't. Mainly I go by the discussions and it may take several before I really start to remember someone or form an image of them.
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@2wicelot (2948)
8 Jul 07
I think it depends on how comfortable a person is revealing their identity or part of it. Some people don't mind putting up their pictures and stuff like that. But usually, I form the image from looking at the avatar and the persons profile page.