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Do you think that particular media, TV shows /comics / books / video games, shaped the person you are?
For example, your outlook on life, your personality or your sense of humour?

Heck, when I look at places like Ponychan, I sometimes wonder if people choose avatars that match with their personality or if we match our personality to the avatars we post as.
In that sense have you ever looked at media differently based on your contact with avatars online?


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I can definitely point to a few things in terms of media that shaped my preferences for the future. The Breath of Fire Series (III specifically) and Final Fantasy IX very much shaped my preference for more colorful and out-there fantasy setting sthan the "standard" Tolkienesque stuff, for example.

And my parents having a fondness for oldschool comedy and my mom being a danish teacher definitely taught me to analyze stories and lyrics very early and appreciate a strong choice of words and the like. Those are the main things I cna think of now.

As for avatar... not really? I forget to post Sweetie at all a lot of the time, and when I started primarily posting Sweetie it was more cause no one else was doing it and I like the look of her hair. I never put that much thought into it,


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I'd say media from my childhood and adolescence probably had more influence in shaping things like that for me. Not quite so much anything that I came across later.

So things like old comic strip anthology books, 80s and 90s animated TV shows and films, cult classic films, my family's record collections and taste in music in general, games on Nintendo consoles, books about science, old sketch comedy television series as well as old science fiction series like star trek and 80s and 90s anime series.

I don't really avatar as anything related to that sort of stuff though and I really don't think of this avatar as reflecting anything "fundamental" about me asuch as I chose a character who kind of represents me on some level in the present period of my life.


I think I have it more reversed where my opinion on a character is colored by people using them a lot. At least until I engage that character in their own setting to know them well enough.


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There is no one thing that made the hot mess that is me.

I post girls to feel better about myself.


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No. Next question now.
If any thing shaped me, I probably did not notice.


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Not even NeoPets?


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I got a weird relationship with media as someone who is fictionkin.

To say that media has shaped who I am would probably be the world's biggest understatement.

Nearly every single specific character that I've posted on Ponychan and Ponyville over the years has been one of my kins, with very few exceptions.

I can't really pinpoint one thing that has shaped me the most. I could possibly come up with a list of important ones, but it would take a level of focus and brainpower that I have never experienced before, so I'm not even going to try


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Oh absolutely! The stories that we experience all add a little bit to ourselves, helping us change and find ourselves <3

i always post as characters that i relate to in some way, or have some sort of connection to

and hell, Noelle (the character i post as) was the sole reason i realized i was trans (bigender to be specific) so i owe a LOT to her!


Wait a minute... Is that my account? You have Neopets screenshots of me? Post them! Because I lost everything.


I'm going to unnecessarily attack my friends with this comment but there's nothing for it. Most of the people I'm close to these days define themselves through some piece or pieces of media. I've heard the same story many times about growing up with some band or show or franchise and how meaningful it still is, and asked about my own franchises. This might be brutal but I've been agonizing over how to soften it and I'm afraid there's only one wording that is the truth: I'm glad that's not me. Maybe my childhood was just particularly empty that I can't summon up anything nostalgic that was so meaningful to me, but defining oneself by something external seems very sad to me.


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Unfortunately, there is no way to define oneself in terms other than what external to oneself had influence on oneself. Doesn't have to be media, but it's always something external to oneself. Be it people or personal real life experiences.

Can't see your own face without a mirror. Both literally and figuratively.


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...oh, definitely... i think books in particular have shaped a lot of my personality, maybe not always for the best

ponies have too, i bet!


Keeping the metaphor going, I spend my life looking at other things, hardly in the mirror. So my face probably matters to anyone else way more than to myself, anyway.


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I don't think that's quite possible, as long as we keep the mirror metaphor going. Everyone you interacting with is ultimately reacting to you and, in a sense, reflecting something back to yourself, in a sense. Like what's going on for everyone on this board right now

Everyone experiences this, and it's ultimately necessary to develop the sense of self-awareness and a sense of identity. even if,  ultimately, the self is an illusion


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Internet and books has shaped me much, probably not enterely in a positive way


> I sometimes wonder if people choose avatars that match with their personality or if we match our personality to the avatars we post as.
Related work:
Katrina Fong and Raymond Mar. "What does my avatar say about me? Inferring personality from avatars." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2015).


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i definitely can see how those results were studied

i mean, i know i choose characters that i relate to, but also allow me to express almost exactly what i want to portray. perhaps there is a lack of authenticity in not showing my own actual face, but that is probably replaced by authentic intent in how i wish to be portrayed and viewed.


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My avatars are usually somewhat aspirational. I avatar with who i want to be. Rick is an asshole, but he also embodies a confidence, determination, resourcefulness, and intellect that i strive for. Plus the labcoat has always been an aspirational symbol for me, and my avatars have almost always had a labcoat for that reason.

It's close enough to me to feel genuine, but far enough away to be aspirational.


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Also.. There's the whole turning into a pickle thing.
What does that say about you?


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I also have been known to avoid conflict using stupid excuses! Either that or something about my own rather pickled anatomy.


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Well, hopefully your excuses didn't backfire quite as bad as that one did for Rick.


>pickled anatomy
What, do you usually just store yourself in a jar full of vinegar?


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Nah, just that ||the most pickle-like part of a human makes up a larger portion of my overall anatomy than is usual.||


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I don't explicitly claim to be much like the characters I post as. But I can see how there would be a correlation between the characters people choose to represent themselves and their personalities.


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Thinking now I can recall three movies growing up that had some effect on me. I didn't remember any of them earlier but I was playing a stupid little game that included Japanese Manchukuo and had a picture of Emperor Puyi, and I remembered watching The Last Emperor and that it had an impact on me as a child. I think it's the kind of movie you get a different effect out of if you watch it as an adult.

And that reminded me of watching The Man Who Would Be King and Gandhi with family as a child too, and those three films may have influenced me a bit.

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