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Avatar body dimensions and men's body image

Cacioli, Jon-Paul and Mussap, Alexander J. (2014). Avatar body dimensions and men's body image. Body Image,11(2):146-155.

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Title Avatar body dimensions and men's body image
Author Cacioli, Jon-Paul
Mussap, Alexander J.
Journal Name Body Image
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 11
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1740-1445   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84896494053
Start Page 146
End Page 155
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Two online surveys examined the significance of the visual analogues, or ‘avatars’, men (total N = 266) create and use online. Two-dimensional (adiposity × muscle) somatomorphic matrices revealed that avatars are generally thinner than their creator's actual body and similar to their ideal, but more muscular than either their actual or ideal. Men's ratings of the importance of their avatar's appearance correlated with their actual weight and muscle concerns, and disparity between their avatar and actual body dimensions predicted their offline context body change concerns additional to that accounted for by disparity between their ideal and actual bodies. Together with the observation that men also reported higher self-esteem, less social interaction anxiety and less social phobia while online (which correlated with the time they spent online), these results suggest that the physical dimensions of avatars used in social interactions online may serve a compensatory function.
Keywords Avatars
Body dissatisfaction
Drive for thinness
Drive for muscle
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