I don't think avatars have influenced my view of a person's post. Really, it's just what they have to say that I like or don't like. It is tough to be
completely unbiased though. There are definitely some avatars that bug me, annoy me, and some are just plain frightening!
I don't like it when members change their avatars daily, weekly etc. I can understand needing a fresh change every now and then. But I tend to ignore
the members who constantly change avatars (and even write threads about their new avatar etc.) A constantly indecisive avatar choice doesn't inspire
much confidence in me.
I also tend to not like portrait avatars. Some work, some don't. Is the portrait related to the username? or related to ATS? Or does it say something
meaningful? Then I tend to like those more. If it's just a vanity shot--I tend to not like those avatars. Some avatars show a member in uniform or
something along those lines. Those are just fine with me. Some are just plainclothes people giving a thumbs up or something generic. Those are not
really my style. It kind of defeats the purpose of being an 'avatar' if you're just going to show off your normal look.
On that same note..I can't believe how many members have pictures of a dog as their avatar haha. I'm not much of a dog person (although I have just
signed up to volunteer with the animal shelter to help groom, socialize, and care for cats and dogs. Maybe I'll learn something.) I just don't see the
point of posting doggy pics. I don't like it. What does it really say about that member except that they love their dog?
Many times I read a post without realizing that the avatar is from a member I'm familiar with, but has changed it. However, I pretty much have the
same attitudes based on what they post..and then look at their new avatar and think, "yep, I knew it was you..shoulda known."
Like another poster said, I like when the avatar reflects the username in some way. My current avatar is my 2nd pick. My original one reflected my
username. But, I found my original avatar used on facebook as one of those "I like this..here's a picture of it" icons. I had to change it after that
kind of blemishing!
My current avatar is the ELO symbol of a jukebox speaker stylized to look like a UFO with the shuttle docking in it (one of their album covers.) This
mostly reflects what music I've been into this year. But I love the mystery and surrealism of the image.
My username itself is just a contradiction in terms to reflect my personal conflicting attitudes. On the one hand, I am 'awake' (buddha)
metaphorically, but I am also very tired--both literally and metaphorically. The name shows opposite extremes and my hope to find some equilibrium
Avatars and usernames probably influence our attitudes toward members more than we think though. It's pretty much the equivalent of what we wear, how
we present ourselves, and what facial expressions we generally show. None of us is immune to making snap judgements based on these kinds of things.
That's why we have to look past the avatars and names and read what a person has to say. Everybody is going to see something different in an avatar
and interpret it differently.
edit on 22-9-2012 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)