The results suggest the continuity of offline gender norms and effect of in-world experience on perceptions of avatar appearance. Virtual worlds, avatars, attractiveness, status, gender norms DOWNLOAD PDF Digital, online technologies have become central to our lives, especially among younger generations of youth (Lenhart, 2010). These online attractiveness conventions may have important implications for interpersonal relationship formation, a primary motivation for virtual world residents (Lo, 2008). SL is a virtual environment that emphasizes interaction and creation, rather than conquest. Attractiveness of blonde women in evolutionary perspective: studies with two Polish samples. Taken together, it seems that, despite the unique online characteristics of avatars, some offline conventions regarding attractiveness and status (e.g., height) may carry over to the online world. Cultural differences and switching of in-group sharing behavior between an American (Facebook) and a Chinese (Renren) social networking site.
Innovations in computer graphics have also resulted in highly realistic and human-like renderings of avatars (Giard & Guitton, 2010). Playing MMORPGs: Connections between addiction and identifying with a character.
In addition, as users adapt to the capacities and limitations of virtual environments, cultural learning of in-world social norms may make avatars appear less human and, therefore, less similar to their offline selves (Steen et al., 2006).
The discrepancy between people and their online incarnations could mean that offline conventions may not transfer to online avatars. The relationship between "textisms" and formal and informal writing among young adults.
Physically attractive individuals are often judged to be more socially skilled, popular, and evaluated positively by others (Eagly, Ashmore, Makhijani, & Longo, 1991; Feingold, 1992; Langlois et al., 2000).
Because of gendered norms within many cultures, these indicators of attractiveness differ for men and women (Buss, 1989; Buss et al., 2001).
Additionally, body weight often correlates with ratings of attractiveness and health (Furnham, Swami, & Shah, 2006). Journal of experimental child psychology, 115, 590-597.