Avatar: Do you judge others by their picture?

@TLChimes (4838)
United States
February 2, 2009 8:00am CST
Mine is one of my son taken last summer. I love it. But I responded in a discussion earlier and was called "man" It made me laugh but also wonder. Do you look at a picture or a screen name and form a thought about who's on the other side? My normal screen name is Blue Jeans and Lace after a story I wrote. Boy, does that get some interesting responses. I hadn't even thought of it in the way some fellas do. What about you?.....
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• Philippines
3 Feb 09
i am in a profession where i need to rely on what i see and hear to make a fast initial impression. but that's all they are, in clinical practice or in everyday life: just impressions. i don't like judging people based on anything short of what they have to say for themselves because i know how it feels to be judged. but it is human nature, and really rather stupid, to not make even a little bit of judment based on appearances. we have been equipped with eyes so that we can see. we simply need to look a little further, a little deeper, to make the most accurate conclusion. and even then, we might still be wrong. my avatar shows a stethoscope. quite easy to decipher, hehe.
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• Philippines
3 Feb 09
sorry, i meant to say: it is AGAINST human nature, and really rather stupid, to not make even a little bit of judgment. hehe.
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• Philippines
3 Feb 09
it is always wise to use what you see to come to a conclusion, but to use JUST THAT is just misguided. oh, i'm wondering what they thought of your "blue jeans and lace." what exactly has been said about it? :D it's sometimes interesting to look at how people make their conclusions.
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• Philippines
3 Feb 09
yes, quite right. in fact, initial impressions are there to be "ruled out" - in other words, they are the FIRST THING you try to prove wrong. it will, and should, take time and effort to make a final diagnosis, a definite conclusion. ah, wait, i just got how those guys judged your alias. ah well. boys will be boys.
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@murkcore (84)
• Philippines
2 Feb 09
I think that cannot be avoided. cause normally you will upload a picture that has a connection to you or says something about you for your profile. so it's normal when people think your a dog lover or something when your profile picture is that of a dog.
@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
2 Feb 09
To a point that can be true. But how far does a picture or screen name take you into who or what a person is about? I'm not sure that I assume something by that alone. Maybe the content of their writing should be a clue too.
• Philippines
2 Feb 09
yep. i totally agree with that. what I'm trying to say is judging by the picture is all first impression after you get to know the person more, impressions will change.
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• United States
3 Feb 09
naw i dont.. i have come to realize that people usually arent their user pics/avatars so i go by how they talk and address things
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@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
3 Feb 09
That reminds me of a country song about a nerd living with his parents but on line he's a rich handsome dude everyone should dream about. On Line life is certainly an interesting place....
• United States
2 Feb 09
I totally understand... - I am a member of a cooking website and my name is ChocolateCoveredMimz... and I get alot of weird responses.. But honestly... with all the good names being taken these days... You have to come up with something very creative.. So.. the sky'z tha limit !
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@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
2 Feb 09
I love seeing cool, different names. It's like vanity plates on cars. You always wonder what's behind it.
• Brazil
2 Feb 09
Yes I do judge others by their picture, you can't really tell if it's a man or woman, if they have a picture of something that it's not even a person, and a name that doesn't tell it either, but I say they shouldn't feel offended if someone mistaken that, it's their own fault! If you want people to know your a man then, you get a man name and a man picture and vice versa.
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@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
2 Feb 09
I wasn't offended, but it did get me thinking. A lot of things do though.
@Jasna88 (152)
• Serbia And Montenegro
2 Feb 09
Naah, thats very stupid way to judge someone, i never do it.
@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
2 Feb 09
Good... it is a stupid way to judge people. Thanks!
@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
2 Feb 09
hello tlchimes do i judge other members around here at Mylot by their avatar? nope i do not. if i am scanning Mylot's website in search of something to respond to, then i will respond to their Mylot discussion no matter what that their avatar looks like. and i like the screen name blue jeans and lace. how come that you didn't use that screen name here at Mylot? it might have went over good around here. take care and have a beautiful day today!
@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
2 Feb 09
Thank You! I love the Blue Jeans and Lace but I use it on my blog and wanted to keep them separate. Besides... I wasn't sure what I was getting into here. So far so good.
@pergammano (7691)
• Canada
2 Feb 09
Absolutely not....as there is always a good reason for someone to choose their avatar....and very often, like your's it has a very special meaning! My avatar is in loving memory of my Father...and my "cyber" name is that of a "papercraft" (spelling different) that started in the Biblical City of Pergaman! Cheers!
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@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
2 Feb 09
Yep, I always choose mine for meaning. Both the name and the picture mean something.