I used to have my own portrait as avatar, but at some point I realised that made me feel vulnerable and anxious about how people perceived me.
On the other had I wonder if it was because professional fights I had on the Internet. Because of my work I had to deal with plenty of trolls and haters daily, sometimes very disgusting people.
So I wonder if it something because of my particular situation, or it is because it is that way. What do you think?
Most Helpful Girl
I don't think it's abnormal. You never know what creepy people could do with your photos.0
Most Helpful Guy
I avoid it here since I express myself so openly and share things about me that I generally don't share even to some of my closest friends. Aside from that I'm in a line of work where I'm far from a celebrity but somewhat known in my industry (a very geeky one). To be recognized would leave a lot of explaining to do.
In your case I feel like your reasons come from a sense of vulnerability/insecurity which might not be such a good reason.
I can respect wanting to hide your photo but I think you might get a bit too negatively impacted by how other people think. It also helps, but especially when you lack anonymity, to learn how to be a peacekeeper, a conflict resolver, a diplomat, a bigger person.
Keeping your cool will make the haters look bad and you look good, losing it can make you both end up looking bad or sometimes worse, make the hater look good and you look bad. So that might be something to work on about your character with or without your personal photo showing.1
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