Why do some users use celebrity pictures as their profile picture?
Hummm... I was actually wondering that myself. I'd assume it's an attention getter and maybe they don't believe they'd recieve the same response if they posted a picture of themselves. I could be wrong but it's just a thought.
Maybe it's for the sake of it. People might want to show what their articles are about, and base them mostly on the person in their profile. You'll find a lot of video game players out there doing it too, mostly Gears of War or Halo fans using Spartans and Gears them.
I personally don't like most of the default avatars that come with most sites, so I just uploaded my own image.
I think people do it because they are a fan of that celebrity and want the world to know. On a writing site like Hub Pages, you'd hope that people wouldn't used celebrity pictures, because for one they just loose credibility as it looks like the article was written by a non-serious writer and secondly, you are not really branding yourself as a writer on Hub Pages by using someone else's public profile.
Lots of people are not comfortable with how they, themselves look in photos. Perhaps they pick a celebrity they think expresses who they are, or who they wish they were. Or maybe they just think it will get a better response or more readers.
I'm afraid you just don't get it, honey. It doesn't have shit to do with my photogenicism (if that's a word)...it's due to the simple fact that maybe just MAYBE I don't WANT complete strangers seeing my true face.
Perhaps some people use celebrity pictures because they want to keep their face anonymous. Maybe too they liken a celebrity photo to posting on a dating site, e.g., stretching the truth about height, age, occupation, and weight. Also, maybe they just want to create some mystery about who they really are.
Do they? I haven't come across this yet or maybe I just don't recognise the celebrity.
I haven't come across any yet but would assume its because they don't want to show their face . I would rather they put a photo of their favourite animal or a scene rather than an actor tho which would show a bit of their personality at least .
If you look at another point of view then you realize that people can choose their profile pic according to their mentality and understanding himself like hero or something..
As one who does this himself (That's Mark E. Smith on the left), it's due to the fact that I need to create a wall between my online life and my private life, and to reflect what I'm interested in (The brilliant music and songwriting from the Fall). The real question to me is, why do so many upload pictures of themselves to sites like this? Do people not care about violating their own existential barriers anymore in the wake of newer realms of media? I guess not.
I already look like a star! I even have my arm around a star! There are 2 reasons: 1, they want to remain anonymous. 2, they are really, really ugly!
I feel most of teenagers use this concept. Because they love to be in their dream world with their heroes.They love to be like their favorite celebrities. Sometimes some people are a hardcore fan of some celebrities, which they express with these ways.
by TINA V 8 years ago
I believe on the value of confidentiality of online writers. Hubpages do provide that leeway to all hubbers to decide the kind of profile pictures to post. However, no offense to anybody but I just felt disgusted to see a picture of a half—naked body in our forum. I am not sure...
by Whitney 10 years ago
I've been debating this for a week or so now...Do you guys prefer to use a picture of you or a picture of something else?I see that many of you use picitures of yourselves, your children, spouses, pets, or other miscellaneous pictures.Is there a benefit to using a particular type of...
by stuart747 9 years ago
mine is a little boring I know, I'm just thinking of changing it to something interesting but I don't know what'
by Wasteless Project 5 years ago
Do you think that profile pictures are subject to ethnicity, gender and age bias?I for example have my bias towards writers with a profile picture that shows that they are a bit older - I just believe that ultimately lifetime equals experience that can only be beneficial for writing hubs... I...
by Salini 5 years ago
Hello Beautiful people of this wonderland Hubpages......Let us play a new game. Game Name: Describe the person above from their profile picture!Just a single, simple rule don't worry they won't bite ......
by Catherine Giordano 3 years ago
I spend endless hours maybe two months ago redesigning my first photo so they would look good on the thumbnails on the profile pages and also on facebook. The latest change has made all that work a waste.A few of the thumbnails look better, but most now look off-kilter and have the text cut off. I...
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