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Avatars often reflect a reality about their creators, study finds

Avatars often reflect a reality about their creators, study finds

Those cute little avatars you create to represent yourself in online games not only tell a lot about your personality but may also help you find friends, according to researchers who looked at how others see those representations. Avatars range from the simple drawings used for Mii characters in the Nintendo Wii to detailed three-dimensional renderings used in "World of Warcraft." Unlike a photo on Match.com, avatars are highly customizable and allow one to express, or hide, physical or psychological traits. The goal of the study, published recently in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, was to see whether the impressions formed by people looking at avatars...

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