Do you use your real picture on all of the site you belong to?

United States
December 21, 2008 10:30am CST
Or do you prefer to use an avatar? If yes,why? Is it because you're afraid your posts/activity will attract someone you wouldn't want to come across or you're just discreet?
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Dec 08
This is a real picture of me - well, a PART of me. I like it and it really represents me well.
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• United States
23 Dec 08
3d planet from the sun?:)
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Dec 08
How does that tattoo represent you?
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
24 Dec 08
Hey Jess - I got my tattoo because I had a dream about it. After a year or so I got the nerve up to do it. I later was told that Saturn is my ruling planet in astrology. Quite a few of my friends call me Saturn because of the tattoo. One girl I met thought that was my real name because everyone calls me Saturn all the time.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
25 Dec 08
[b]MY real pic would scare people! And my avatar is MUCH prettier than I am; he's Garett Maggart, a marvelous actor, a sweet guy, & I could look at him 24/7! Maggiepie[/b]
• United States
25 Dec 08
Why such insecurity?:) I've always thought that pictures,unlike,for example,portraits made by an artist,are subject to modification.You don't like how you like-well,there's multiple tools,make-up,Photoshop...:D
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
26 Dec 08
[b]Not insecurity--fact. I'm just not worth looking at. My real life friends would agree, if asked out of my earshot. And as for Photoshop, how would that be any different than an avatar of Garett? It still wouldn't be ME. Thanks, but I always enjoy seeing him, & he's going to stay my avatar! Maggiepie[/b]
• United States
9 Jan 09
I never use my picture, but when I use a picture as "me", it is usually something I created or a picture I took. I am not so much afraid of running into people I know, or being "stalked" (if that would ever happen...), I am discreet, and I don't like to be pre-judged. I would rather be known for what I am saying than what I look like. Sometimes people think someone could not possibly have anything of value to say just because they look a certain way.
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• United States
10 Jan 09
True,stereotypes and prejudice... Good point!
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I use a real picture I took of a sunset! On most sites I use, I do use my real facial picture, but only because Only people that know me personally get to see. I dont think it would be too horrible...Wait, I have real pictures up of me on this site. So scratch what I said, apparently I dont care! LOL!
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• United States
25 Dec 08
Yeah,that was some confusion...:)
• India
22 Dec 08
I dont like using my own photo in as an avtar because the internet is full of illeagle things. I will narrate you one experience which one of my online friend had experiences. He added his photos in his ORKUT Albums and after a few weeks his photo was posted in an XXX rated sited ,scince then i never use my real photo. And i also advise every one not to post your photos in public albums and sites. Always be careful ,because it may land you in trouble.
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• United States
22 Dec 08
True. Worse things can happen though if you happen to break up with a jealous boyfriend/girlfriend,I've known people whose quite private pictures were posted on different websites after a breakup.
• India
22 Dec 08
hi, i prefer my real pic .bcoz it's shows ur urself to world how r u. u r mcuh more intracting with people and more real world and make web more real and social
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• United States
22 Dec 08
Good point,unfortunately most of us are not that trusting when it comes to online security.
• India
21 Dec 08
nope sometimes its jsut creepy and i want someoether representation of me happy lotting and have a nice day
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• United States
21 Dec 08
Thanks,same 2u!
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Mylot is the only real discussion site that I come to and I have no one here who is from my personal life as far as I know. So when I joined I used the avatar that I have used in one form or another on several forums and sites of that nature. It is not just a "pretty" picture but is something that has some meaning to me. As a guy I'm not worried about attracting someone in the same way that a woman might be but even guys should show some caution on the Internet. Actually I don't even have a recent picture of myself anyway, so I don't really consider that an option. In any case I am quite fond of my avatar and have no desire to change it.
• United States
21 Dec 08
Infinity? That's interesting. Good explanation:)
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@Sing2Me (84)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I hardly use my picture - I personally don't think I look that good, and I don't want to torture others with my image... chuckle... No, I'm a private person, and I don't want someone walking up to me and asking "Hey, don't you myLot?" But the avatars I use are a direct reflection of my soul - there's only two I use no matter what website I'm on. Real friends of mine can tell who I am by the reflection of my soul that I share in my avatars.
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• United States
21 Dec 08
Good answer,thank you. People from MyLot coming uo to you doesn't sound that bad,now imagine if you were on some BDSM site,that would be bizarre...:)
• Philippines
21 Dec 08
I use my real picture on websites that I might find friends that I know already. Otherwise, I use avatars of fandoms I belong to or just stuff that I like. I'm not really afraid that I might come across someone I don't like. :)
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• United States
21 Dec 08
Same here:)
@shehzu (43)
• Mauritius
22 Dec 08
hi, well, i use my own pic because i dnt like fooling people around... cme on ya, afterall, ur pic is ur identity!! its nt a question of being descreet or wtever!!
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@zackyo7 (301)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Well.. on most of the websites I do. But sometimes it can be such a pain to look up for pictures on my computer so I just leave it blank on some websites.
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@regal_aeros (2606)
• Singapore
25 Dec 08
now why would i want to put my picture up? i'm not confident enough to flash up all my pictures online for the entire world to see. I like the hide behind the mask of mysterious. i am able to say things i want to say and not feel threatened because people would know who am i.
• United States
25 Dec 08
Makes sense.So who is your avatar?
• China
22 Dec 08
I will be a different wed site using a different picture. if i want other people to know myself more easily,I will use the real picture ,but some of the sites i use only an avatar.I am worried because its security .without affecting my life ,i will use the real information.
• United States
22 Dec 08
Yeah,that makes sense.
• Philippines
21 Dec 08
I post my real picture all the time so that the people I want to get in touch with would not doubt that it is the real me. I like avatars, too, but I just don´t feel it describing who I am or how I look. I don´t really give a damn if people annoy me. Block button is always available and easy.
• United States
21 Dec 08
Good answer! I do use my picture on sites where my real-life friends go to so they can recognize me. It's more fun to use an avatar and change it whenever you feel like it,though. Making new friends is great and I would show my True Face to ones interested lol
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I usually use my real picture as my avatar on most of the web sites that I am a member, although every now and again, I might change it to one of my recent favorite photos. I probably need to change my avatar on myLot. I don't think that I have done so in a while. It i probably getting pretty stale. Thanks for starting this discussion, it has been a good reminder!
• United States
21 Dec 08
No biggie,glad to help:)