A lot of websites give you the chance to represent yourself with an avatar rather than a picture of yourself.
Avatars are often cartoon-y pictures with facial features, clothing, and accessories that allow you to personalize your picture.
They also rated how much they would like to interact with the person who created that avatar.
One question that the researchers asked up front was whether being able to categorize the participant by gender influenced judgments of personality.
It is interesting to know whether people generally try to select avatars that represent themselves accurately, or whether they aim to display themselves differently to the electronic world than they appear in real life.
It is also interesting to know the conclusions that viewers draw when seeing someone’s avatar.
These participants filled out a personality inventory that measures the Big Five personality traits after creating their avatar.
(The Big Five traits are Openness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Neuroticism.) A second group of about 2,000 participants were shown a subset of the avatars and rated their perception of the personality characteristics of the individuals who created those avatars.
Overall, people tended to think that the males were slightly less conscientious and open to new experiences than the females.I will publish here my thoughts about Skype, and mainly about the "numbers".Indeed, as a first hour user, since almost the beginning of the exponential growth i tried to register some data about it.The number of "secret" avatars you have collected will be displayed in your userlookup (or profile), and there is also a high score table where players can earn a trophy and a special "Avatar Collector" avatar for collecting the most "secret" avatars.There is even a special chat board specifically for discussion of avatars and avatar collectors.For example, this website allows you to create an avatar to use before entering a chat room.