GAG is not a dating site.
Although it's great to allow people to see who they are conversing with, I feel like posting a picture is not necessary. I am not looking to meet a significant other. If I were, posting a picture would be extremely relevant in this case.
When nobody knows who you are, you have no power. But when nobody knows who you are, you have no weakness.
I love earning my followers.
It gives me satisfaction to know that a great majority of my followers have chosen to add me to their list because they value my views and opinions. If I were to have a photo up of myself, I could easily attain plenty of followers with my eyes closed. However, how many of them would be following me because they value my reasoning? Most of them would follow me because of my looks. Although this may work as an ego boost to those who don't get as much attention in real life, I hold more importance into the way people look at my mind. Looks gradually fade over time, if you're followed for your looks what is left when that is gone? The mind holds more power because the impact is forever lasting.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Throughout the years I have spent on this site, I have heard countless times of women getting messaged perverted things or being sent nude photos. It's great being faceless on this site, and to be able to avoid that. Yes, I still get messages like that but it's on rare occasion. A woman who has her photo displayed probably receives that type of attention on a daily basis. Most of my messages come from those who need help and are curious about certain aspects of life.
People and things do not upset us, rather we upset ourselves by believing that they can upset us.
I love to strike an interest in site users.
Am I black? Am I white? Am I Asian? Am I mixed? This triggers an interest in some users; to those that hold high emphasis on this, I'd like to ask why is that of any importance? A insightful opinion will be honored the way it should when you are faceless. It should not matter the skin the person is in that delivers the message. Some people will perceive information completely different depending on the race or the look of the person attempting to help. I feel like none of that should matter if the person's words are profound.
I've known members that have faced racism solely due to having their photo displayed. I am not here to participate in the ignorance of others, but rather to help those that need it.
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.
Anonymity is important.
Some of us would suffer major anxiety if someone from every day aspects of our life, found out that we were members of this site. Some people post such personal information about themselves which may at times, be equivalent to what would be written inside of a diary/journal. Someone not having photos of themselves may feel more courageous to tell it like it is. Some topics are also very controversial. How tough and awkward would it be for someone you probably don't know too well in real life, to know where you stand on issues that hold high importance to you? Or to see you be attacked by a handful of members who share opposing views. I find that to be a terrible introduction of officially meeting someone or someone's molded perception about you.
People reveal so much of their mental processes online, simply because the psychological effect of anonymity just means that a whole raft of inhibitions are left alone when people log on.
This is your internet experience. You are in control of how you want to use it. If having your photo up adds to your experience level then by all means do so. If you're a person who is private like me and reaps benefits of having a private online identity then do so as well. We all have every right to choose what makes us feel comfortable.