I have ALWAYS used self-avatars because I believe it adds a personal component as well as an element of realism to what can be, at times, an overly detached and sterile pseudo-social environment.
Also, anything I post in cyberspace, I either would or do actually state in real life, so in other words: I attempt to make as tangible as possible the fact that I am a real human being.
That actually makes a lot of sense.
Enough of the sentiment that self-avatars are for vanity! We have better reasons than that.
Originally Posted by animenagai
i'm never really happy with my pictures. i hate that little delay between when i press the button and when the picture's taken. my smile turns from something vibrant to something really forced and awkward. that's why i like using other things as my avatar. it's room for expression and i like that.
Yes, I can see how my earlier reasoning can go in the other direction. If the camera is more your enemy than the ambiguity of a different image, then it is indeed preferable to not use your own picture.
But another thought: why not have a friend snap a photo when you least expect it? Then you're all natural.
simply because it's a hassle for someone to take pictures for me. i also find myself on the lookout for the camera too, rather than just forgetting about it. i wouldn't mind having one of them smile-detecting cameras.
I've never really thought about using a self-avatar. There is a place for a picture on the user profile page, so that is where I posted mine. I figure if someone wanted to know what I looked like then they'd visit my profile and hope I had a picture posted. Or simply enough, they could ask me
I'm not against people seeing my face. It lends a warmth to the already too-cold expansion of cyberspace. Good to know we're not all conversing with robots invented by Bill Gates as a means of research on how to add to his ever growing bank account. Or are we? In any case, I guess I just like to have an avatar that represents something I am interested in. Sakura blossoms. :lol: I could only aspire to be so delicately pink and pretty.