Just curious

3 years ago

Why do those that have pictures that are not of you, display those images to us? Do you not like the ‘you’? or is there an underlying message in your avatars? Privacy issues? I am genuinely curious and don’t want to ‘call out’ those that chose to conceal their faces.

December 18, 2011 at 10:48 am

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Profile photo of jake arends jake arends (@jakexx) 3 years ago ago

I am one of those.

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 3 years ago ago

Indeed! hit me up with your story. Why an avatar? Why that image?

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Profile photo of jake arends jake arends (@jakexx) 3 years ago ago

hahaha, well, I don’t really know, I didn’t spend too much time thinking about it, just felt right at the moment. My sister asked me the same thing. Maybe when I get tired of this one I’ll put one of me.

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Profile photo of Joseph Joseph (@warriors41) 3 years ago ago

It’s a good question. I am actually a bit self conscious but mostly when it comes down to it I would prefer to show the world one of my own photographs of a sunrise because I believe it is more beautiful than my face and it is still somehow a part of me because i’m the one who took the picture. :)

ps: I love sunrises, or sunsights as Bucky Fuller would call them :P

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Flaming liPs. at war with the mystics. Great album, great lyrics. Great title. Explore the universe dont be it’s bitch.

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Profile photo of Dan Dan (@danfontaine) 3 years ago ago

Because when I first started using this site my girlfriend thought I was using it to explore other girls. So I never put a picture of myself up. Thought about switching it the other day actually. No recent photos though.

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Because I’m not interested in putting up my personal information on various websites, yeah…I have a Facebook. I’m really just here to grow mentally and to share my opinions, if in the process I meet awesome people I will for sure open up. Takes me a while to open up so that’s why.

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 3 years ago ago

I don’t have any pictures of me. And I don’t see why I should use one if I had one either, why make a person out of something like this? Personal is lame. And this isn’t facebook, it’s a discussion board.

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Profile photo of Martijn Schirp Martijn Schirp A (@martijn) 3 years ago ago

I love the personal aspect, real names and real pictures lead to genuine conversations/empathy.

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Profile photo of kim kim (@ominka) 3 years ago ago

i was wondering the same thing, alex as i’m sure most have at some point. but for me, i use an avatar of someone or something other than myself because this place is very mental based. you’re introduced to thoughts and personalities and people use symbols to represent to themselves in some form, which derive from their current thought or emotion. if personality had a face, their current picture would be it. so you see how everyone’s beautiful faces isn’t so much a necessity here. its pleasant, but not so obligatory :)

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Profile photo of kim kim (@ominka) 3 years ago ago

i guess you’re right martijn. but i also have a microscopic fear that someone i know from my home will know its me and they might find out something they otherwise wouldn’t wish to. hahaha! oh boy.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years ago ago

not sure where I fit in cause my picture is of me but doesn’t show my face. I feel like a haven’t lost any personal aspect. No-matter what we’re just internet selves

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years ago ago

@kim, i feel ya. People that know me wouldn’t be surprised but I can think of a few people, my parents included, that would flip out if they read some of the things I’ve written. I think it comes down to what you want to get out of the site… it really is up to you

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Profile photo of stonedragon stonedragon (@stonedragon21) 3 years ago ago

it is so fun and mysterious to have a picture of my dog on here and to write things that i think and feel and have another name too. not that i someday wont put up a pic of myself. or maybe even tell everyone what my name is! makes us all kind of annonymis.

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Profile photo of Flynnstone Flynnstone (@flynnstone) 3 years ago ago

I had a picture of myself until last week, but I was turned away from the camera and the mountains in the background kind of took over the picture, so it wasn’t as much of a identity-revealer as it could have been. I tend to put up pictures that don’t show me at all or not well because it reflects who/what I feel like at that moment. I mean, our physical identities only go so far, and I think especially in the case of many of the people on this site, our avatars can be a more creative expression of who we are beyond our face.

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