Avatars, what exactly is an avatar?
According to Wiki; An avatar (अवतार, from the Sanskrit word for “a form of self”, commonly used in many Indian languages) is a computer user’s representation of himself/herself or alter ego, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games, a two-dimensional icon (picture) used on Internet forums and other communities, or a text construct found on early systems such as MUDs. It is an “object” representing the embodiment of the user. The term “avatar” can also refer to the personality connected with the screen name, or handle, of an Internet user.
To me, an avatar is what you think would most probably represent you. As the communication technology(Internet) improves, more and more information about oneself can easily be found.. As such, there are times when one will not place one’s own picture online. (Take for an example, when you sign up for a ‘porn’ website, and have to choose a profile picture.) one would choose an avatar instead.
Your avatar speaks on your behalf, it shouts to the world how kind of person you are. Are you a fun loving person, or are you a dull and boring person. It all can be seen by what you choose as your avatar. However, these days, people no longer care about what they choose to represent themselves. They change their Avatars every so often. What does this tell you?
From my perspective, I feel that the reason why people change their avatars so regularly is because they themselves do not have a clear idea of who they are and have yet to reach the point of self actualization.
What are your views and say on avatars?
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