What your online avatar can reveal about your personality

More communication among individuals is occurring online, and often between individuals who do not know each other offline. Researchers at York University are looking to understand the potential impressions and their limitations of those we meet in a digital context. In a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the researchers specifically looked at what personality traits are conveyed by a user’s avatar.

…Avatars with open eyes, a smile or grin, an oval face, brown hair and/or a sweater were more likely to elicit friendship intentions. In contrast, avatars with a neutral expression, or any other expression other than a smile, black hair, short hair, a hat, and/or sunglasses were less likely to elicit friendship intentions.

Two cues were specifically related to creator agreeableness and friendship intentions–open eyes and a neutral expression (a negative predictor). Based on the results, customizing an avatar to have open eyes and avoiding a neutral expression would be more likely to elicit agreeableness and friendship intentions…


So cat avatars likely don’t cut make the cut.  

I won’t even ponder how a psychologist might interpret Mamba’s Vegemite avatar. But we are past trying to impress people.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’m so screwed!

    • Frau Katze

      What is your avatar? I can’t make it out (Disqus avatars are so small).

      • Icebow

        Appears to be some compound concoction on some ledge at sundown (or sunrise).

        • Frau Katze

          I always thought it looked like an explosion.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            If you must know Frau, it’s a perfectly made Bloody Mary (one of the best I ever had), taken at sunset, overlooking the main fairway of the Tucson Country Club, about two and a half years ago.

          • mauser 98

            .. Bloody Caesar … try one..much better
            http://www.cookincanuck.com/2012/01/the-caesar-cocktail-aka-the-canadian-bloody-mary-recipe/

            1 oz vodka
            2 dashes hot sauce
            3 dashes freshly ground salt and pepper
            4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
            4 oz Mott’s Clamato Original Cocktail
            Garnish:
            1 celery stick
            1 lime wedge

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Try replacing the hot sauce (Tabasco or Crystal) with creamed horseradish. 🙂
            The Clamato does add a certain something, but this particular one didn’t have any.

          • mauser 98

            ?? certain something? if no Clamato no Caesar

            you just have to be difficult

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I’m bad like that.
            Sorry! 😉

          • Xavier

            Wow what pitchers er what a pitcher I mean what a picture of her pitchers. Pitcher! What a picture of her pitcher! Whew.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            For some reason I want to vote your post up twice.
            Isn’t that odd?

          • b_marco

            … could be my ex.. spitting image. She wasn’t the marryin’ type.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Ain’t they all!
            That’s why they are ex’s…

          • Raymond Hietapakka

            Bro has Bobcat addicted to the horseradish style…

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            It brings just a little heat without the spice.

          • Icebow

            I have some vodka repeatedly used to steep Scotch bonnets. Comes with a health warning.

          • Raymond Hietapakka

            Did you try the awesome Limited Edition Bacon-Flavoured Vodka variety from the Coolers section at the LC???

          • mauser 98

            no … will look for it

          • b_marco

            … served in a mason jar with salted rim 😉

          • Frau Katze

            Looking more closely, I can see the drink, but the sun still looks like an explosion.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Maybe this will help
            Click to embiggin…

          • If you lock yourself in the bathroom at night and turn off all the lights and spin around and say “Bloody Mary” three times, do you see her in the mirror? I was never brave enough to try it.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I have only tried that with Kate Upton’s name.
            It never works!

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Now that I think about it, a Bloody Mary with a nuke detonating in the background is kind of funny too! 😉

        • Xavier

          Looks like Japanese whiskey to me.

      • Linda1000

        It’s a glass of bourbon sitting on a table with a sunrise – thus drunk by noon.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Very close, in a way.
          I picked my name “Drunk_by_Noon” because I was reading either Hemmingway, or one of the Russian literary figures and just thought that the concept of being “drunk by noon” was funny.
          Then as I was going through some of my pictures that I had taken on that AZ trip, I noticed that specific one and thought “how fitting”!
          And that is my story…

    • Conservative American Voter

      braggart…

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        :-0
        I finally got this one!
        🙂

        • Conservative American Voter

          surprising so few did…my humor is not for everyone…

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            It actually took me a day.
            Yesterday I was thinking “why would someone think there was anything to brag about re: an avatar photo…”
            Then this afternoon it “clicked”!
            And I laughed.
            Thanks!
            🙂

          • Conservative American Voter

            time-delayed fuse on that joke…

  • Brett_McS

    “avatars with a neutral expression […] were less likely to elicit friendship intentions”

    Exactly. My avatar is my cat, Sheldon. I’m also a fan of The Big Bang Theory.

    • Icebow

      Sheldon. Good name.
      Big Bang? Treat with caution, re red-shift interpretation.

    • Xavier

      Weirdo. 😉

  • Hard Little Machine

    Genghis Hound, Mongolian War Beagle, Eater of Souls, Destroyer of Man

    • Clausewitz

      Bill the Cat…….Ahhhhhcccck. With society today, I take very little seriously anymore.

      • Clausewitz

        Used to use this one, but I’ve mellowed with age.

        • Raymond Hietapakka

          Rawr…

        • I like this one. It says: “I’m sensitive but I also have a big gun.”

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      Aroooo!

    • Aaawwww… he destroys people with cuteness….

  • Clausewitz

    A York University study on Avatars? Looks like they’re trying to take back their title as the worst University in Canada from Ryerson. The fight will be fierce.

    • barryjr

      Neither one stands a chance against SFU

  • mauser 98

    i like girls

    • Xavier

      Me either. Damn.

  • Icebow

    Not sure where I stand, if that’s quite the word.
    I am psychologically interested in what anyone thinks of “Curly Bill” ‘s on WZ.

    • Frau Katze

      Yours is a rare scenic. It’s hard to find a scenic that would work with the small space allowed by Disqus.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      It is a great pic!

  • Xavier

    You should see my Twitter avatar – it’s the same in negative. Looks like a creature from Hell, but that fits my Twitter M.O.

    • Frau Katze

      A lot of cat fights?

      • Xavier

        El Cato’s alter ego can be ah um confrontational.

  • ntt1

    I chose mine from a photo dump because I liked the way it appeared he was wearing the boat, was morbidly obese, was smoking and had his girl friend straining at the oars as the boat founders …., it was so wrong on so many levels nothing much else to it.

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      It is a remarkable photo.

  • Destroyer-Drone

    Hmmmm…

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    My avatar is a reflection of my belief that wearing bread on your head would make you stand out less in a crowd than when you speak the truth about Islam. 😉

    Plus, the ‘bread helmet guy’ inspired some great internet memes…..

    https://www.google.com/search?as_st=y&tbm=isch&as_q=&as_epq=%22bread+helmet%22&as_oq=&as_eq=&imgsz=&imgar=&imgc=&imgcolor=&imgtype=&cr=&as_sitesearch=&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=&gws_rd=ssl#imgdii=_

    • Frau Katze

      I’ve used that one a few times! (The meme pic).

      • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

        This contemplative fella with the box helmet was my second choice for an avatar…..

  • Xavier

    Mine is supposed to say ‘looks like Clooney, well endowed, independently wealthy, intelligent and witty’ but most people say it radiates ‘this is all I could afford’.

  • Mine is a pencil self sketch by Rembrandt, with a confused expression. Make of it what you will.

  • I can’t use my real avatar. Then everyone would know that I’m Batman!

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Before someone told me you were a chick (and you are really named after a Japanese soup), I always assumed you might have looked like this.
      I’m not a very deep man.

  • Minicapt

    Meh …

    Cheers