When using social virtual reality, we hide behind avatars. But is it really hiding or is it a way to express our new digital selves?
A new Trinity College Dublin study suggests it is both – experimenting with one’s avatar can be a creative act of self-representation, but also one of conformity or escapism.
“Any experimenting is dictated by the limits of technology, an app, the involved community, or the user themselves, but it still represents a way to feel better or safer in digital worlds that now replace more and more physical-world activities,” says Trinity’s Dr Kata Szita, who led the research.
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