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    The pictures that we use to represent ourselves on the internet. I've been wondering, do we subconsciously choose our avatars based off how we secretly percieve ourselves? Or are they more of a deliberate extension of our true character? What's the psychology beneath why we choose certain pictures to represent who we are to others, and what do the avatars of others tell you about them?

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    I think it varies from person to person. Maybe it's both, as we see ourselves, and how we would like to see ourselves, or if we just want to be silly.

    I know I picked mine because 1. I liked the picture
    2. I didn't have to do any editing to fit into format
    3. I relate to that character's personality, to an extent.
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    Normally I pick funny or cute avatars and there's nothing more to it. Ooh ooh! Animated ones are always a plus. For me, it's simply aesthetic.

    This brilliant avatar was shown to me a while ago in the "Give the above poster a new avatar" thread and I stuck with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage Idealist View Post
    The pictures that we use to represent ourselves on the internet. I've been wondering, do we subconsciously choose our avatars based off how we secretly percieve ourselves? Or are they more of a deliberate extension of our true character? What's the psychology beneath why we choose certain pictures to represent who we are to others, and what do the avatars of others tell you about them?
    I think avatars, like other things such as music, fashion taste, ect, are all on some varying degree actualized extensions of ourselves. Whether it's picking funny avatars that mirror your own taste in humor or more serious avatars that represent something or someone we identify with personally, there's something there. As far as whether the decision is made consciously, I think the subconscious forms the taste that draws us and makes connections to the aesthetics of the image.

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    I think it's usually much more basic than all that. You see a cool image, or an image that you think is funny and you use it as an avatar. A movie/TV show you like, etc.

    Mine is just a nickname. People call me Panda in real life. After being called "Panda" for so many years you tend to develop a fondness for them. I like pandas.
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    them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” -Neil Gaiman

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    I have changed my avatar for various reasons. Usually it is either me (I had a series of photos of myself) or something that I feel symbolizes me. More recently I've been leaning toward humor in my choice of avatars, either because it makes me giggle, I think it will make other people laugh, or it's an absurd image that reflects me in some sort of caricature.

    I'm entirely aware of it. It would never be a case of "oh I just liked this picture."

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    People keep requesting I go back to my v-vatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InvisibleJim View Post
    People keep requesting I go back to my v-vatar.
    I liked the weighted companion cube avatar.
    “Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside
    them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” -Neil Gaiman

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    Many choices.

    Sometimes I choose an avatar... just because it is funny or cool.

    Sometimes I choose an avatar based on the character of the avatar in relation to mines. It could be the avatar has a similar personality or a personality that I admire.

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    My avatars fit my personality &/or the way that I'm feeling at the moment .
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