This is my Body: the Uses and Effects of the Avatar in the Virtual World

by Marc Conrad, Jo Neale and Alec Charles..
In: International Journal for Infonomics (IJI), Volume 3, Issue 4, ISSN: 17424712 (Online).


The study focuses on the relationship users of virtual worlds, such as Second Life, may or may not develop toward the avatar they use. A questionnaire was developed to collect both qualitative and quantitative data from students engaged in a university assignment that required them to use an avatar in Second Life. The findings are contextualized and discussed: The distinctions between software, hardware and self are blurred.

Powerpoint slides

The paper is an extended version of a talk given at i-society 2010. These are the slides.

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