Psychologists talk about choosing an avatar out of 9 common types and explained what it means and why the choice.
Animals. One of the most popular types of avatars. Each animal has a certain set of attributes in the human mind. For a cat, this is affection, domesticity, independence, for a dog - devotion, honesty, for a snake - wisdom, for a bull - strength, perseverance ... Usually, these qualities are considered the main ones by people hiding behind such pictures.
Cartoon characters. A psychologically promising avatar whose owner WISHES to be similar in character to the hero. You should not expect truthful stories from a person hiding under the guise of Bunny the rabbit, but you can completely trust the "cat Leopold". Traditional cartoon avatars are most often chosen by teenagers. For adults, Japanese anime characters are more typical.
Celebrities. The owner of the avatar, unless a politician is depicted on it, declares his predilections. The hidden message she carries is: “I am very modern, I am aware of what is happening in the world of music (sports, cinema). I like this topic, I love this hero and will be happy to communicate with people like me. The rest, please do not disturb. " Political avatars speak of apoliticality and a sense of humor.
Villains. "Evil" pictures are usually chosen by people seeking loneliness. Introverted and easily vulnerable. Their owners are often visited by aggressive fantasies, they are tormented by a guilt complex. Often such an avatar is used as a "spare" and "put on" in moments of greatest irritation. You should be extremely careful with its bearer.
Exclusive. The owner of a non-standard, hand-made avatar is an independent person, rather arrogant, who knows his own worth. An avatar for him is something like a trademark, which he protects and promotes and which he vigilantly monitors (so as not to be stolen). He easily communicates, loves to argue, is smart, stubborn, defends his point of view to the last. Touchy, but easy-going.
Real face. It is used extremely rarely, but not at all because the owners cannot transform their own photo into an avatar. On the Web, where the ability to maintain anonymity with fairly intense communication is extremely valuable, opening your face is a sign of special trust. Almost intimate. The use of such an avatar indicates a readiness for a real meeting.
Life-style avatar. In such an avatar, the background means more than the object. The person hiding behind such a picture is prone to thinking outside the box. He does not like to talk and even just talk about himself. He generally loathes specific topics. But he is always ready to speculate about the world order. He is easily vulnerable, loves nature, does not tolerate parties and familiarity. Romantic. Respects someone else's opinion, seeks to understand it.
"Powerful" hero. This avatar is almost certainly a teenager. An adult who chooses such a picture as his network incarnation suffers from a pronounced inferiority complex. In life, he is lonely, helpless and pessimistic. Can become a true friend. Of little use as a lover or spouse.
Seductress. Rarely seen fully nude. Most often, women are hiding behind candid pictures, actively looking for new virtual acquaintances. They are easy and pleasant to talk to, not annoying, love compliments. Very affectionate. Real contact is made with great difficulty. They can easily turn out to be "network transsexuals", especially in the rare cases of complete nudity.