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Old 06-13-2009   #1
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Cool Mistaken Identity?

With a site like Kupika, and especially with text-based forums, you don't usually get to see the person behind the username unless they post their photos a lot, you're their friend, they have their picture as their avatar, etc. This isn't usually the case though, especially if someone new joins or even when you were first starting out. We form ideas about people based on the way in which they portray themselves and their mannerisms. All we have are their avatars, signatures and their own words to work off of (usually). We do it subconsciously and may not realise we even picture someone a certain way until we see a picture of them and are surprised, because they aren't as we expected. This happens a lot - even if pictures ARE involved - when people meet each other from the internet in real life, because photographs don't always show what we see in real life. I know how hard it used to be to try and capture that image - that thing I'm seeing in the mirror - the same way in a photo.

How do you normally picture someone online based on their mannerisms? If they use proper grammar, do you see them dressing neatly, for a really bad example? Give examples if you like, I think it's quite a broad question for the subject matter, since it could change with every person you talk to.

Do you picture trolls at all? Do you ever theorise about people lives based on how they hold themselves? Do you have a certain hair colour you err to thinking people have?

Was this pre-conception true in the end, or not?

(no names to avoid possible offence if it's someone we may know)


My example is with a lady who added me on Twitter this year in February. I was thinking of applying for university, and twittered about it. Turns out she is the student support officer for the Bachelor of Arts, which is what I was enrolling in, so she helped me with the process once I was accepted. I didn't know anything about her, so when she gave me the number for the BA support line and I called (to unravel my unit enrolment) and heard her voice, I was surprised that she had such a mature voice. From the voice, I pictured her a medium-long dark haired brunette who wore red lipstick to work and stylish, sexy office clothes with heels and tights to work. A week ago I finally met her and was surprised that she had short blonde hair and dressed like the "girl next door" (ie. cute and stylish rather than sexy). She looks and acts younger than I know she is and she's a very sweet girl! So different to how I pictured her though! How about you?
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Old 06-13-2009   #2
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I tend to not imagine trolls.
I tend to imagine people who get butthurt easily as wimpy bullied people.
I tend to imagine really funny people as...not scene exactly, but wearing converse and hoodies etc. Lolwut.
I tend to imagine 'nice guys' with brunette hair and wearing shirts and shoes instead of T-Shirts and trainers. Bizarre.
I tend to imagine the 'scene kids' with no photos on Kupika as not looking scene at all.
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Sometimes I think of someone American looking British. (You didn't know Americans look different? To me they do! I saw a photo today and thought..how American does that person look? >< Sorry, this was random waffle. xD)
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Old 06-18-2010   #3
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>_> I actually tend to picture English girls all in the same way... So Lyncheh, you were a surprise to me. :P

I think it's pretty normal to form some kind of picture of them... I never really consciously think about it, but I do tend to be surprised when I end up seeing what people look like. Actually, when I talk to people online who have low self esteem and say they're fat, I never actually think they're overweight in anyway. Sometimes that one comes as a surprise for me...

What I find funny is how some people picture me, lol. There was a situation where a photo of a quite ethnic looking girl (dark hair, dark eyes, dark skin...) went up and was said to be me but I had no idea where it came from...
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WHY HAVE I ONLY JUST FOUND THIS? D:

I tend to judge people on their country stereotype at the VERY beginning, but once I read more (etc.) from them, that normally gets wiped clean. :3

Trolls tend to be the dirty kid from school that no one really wants to talk to? Dunno why, just are. Maybe I'm mean. @__@

If people type in text talk (or whatever it's called) I think they're pretty stupid & annoying at that, which is odd & has been proven wrong because the most intelligent person I know types like that. :3 If they type in a correct language but with incorrect grammar then either it's semi-intelligence or someone who THINKS they're intelligent ... but isn't. :') Correct grammar + smilies = fun & happy people, who I'd like to make friends with(: & perfect grammar (etc.) but without smilies it's either ironic, serious, or just plan intelligence -- mostly depending on what they say I guess? :/ (Making no sense)

Originally Posted by Lyncheh
I tend to imagine people who get butthurt easily as wimpy bullied people.
Basically this! Although I also add the whole no independence either, like those people who except you to go to the loo with them! D:

I don't really know actually. I don't really imagine how people look ... apart from I always imagine Australians in flip flops! SORRY! I blame my cousins for this, they're never out of them! & they're not really Australian, they just live there, but shhhhh. O.o & I never think of people as over weight/chubby, just curvy ... not like "oh you're so curvy!" when they're size 34875349 but curves in the right places. :/ Maybe I'm strange.

*rambles*
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Old 06-19-2010   #5
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Originally Posted by trivaveth View Post
>_> I actually tend to picture English girls all in the same way... So Lyncheh, you were a surprise to me. :P
Oh heck, what do the English girls look like, exactly? XD
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I don't even own flip flops LOL.
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Old 06-23-2010   #7
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Oh heck, what do the English girls look like, exactly? XD
I hate to say it but... I've seen so many girls that are kind of... thick looking, with too much eye makeup and square jaws. The image has stuck. :P
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