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    Have you picture someone on here and got it wrong?

    created by dgriffay 4 days 5 hours 13 minutes ago

    Category: World

    Have you picture someone on here and got it wrong?

    Hi CNetters,
    So I am a visual thinker and when I read especially I paint an image in my head. I have a mental painting of all of you that I have constructed based off of all your forums. Especially users that I feel I respond to a lot and who in turn reply to my forums.

    The other day someone wrote a reply on another person’s forum that blew my mental image completely apart. For some reason I always pictured this user as a girl but turns out they are a guy. I can’t pinpoint exactly why I thought they were a girl but I was totally shocked.

    I think it’s part of what makes CNET fun and it reminds me that we can’t always put people into boxes. Have any of you pictured fellow users a certain way and then you read a forum and your whole view changes?


    Re: Have you picture someone on here and got it wrong?

    Hello Daniella,

    Our minds just love filling in the blurry lines, don’t they. We always have to tie someone’s writing or profile picture to a person, with a specific image in our head.

    I, like you, have a little image of everyone here in my head, even if their profile picture is not of a person. I even have certain personality traits tied to each one here. Even you! I always picture you with penguins and dolphins whenever I read your forums that’s the mental image I picture.
    The same thing happened to me, just flip the genders. I imagined this one user was a boy it turns out they’re a girl!

    It’s crazy how we assume things about people without really knowing, I guess it’s how our brains are wired!

    Thanks for the great question! Have a great day!


    Re: Have you picture someone on here and got it wrong?

    Hey Daniella,

    I know exactly what you mean! I think I had a similar thought when I read a post earlier this week (I think that's when it was at least). For some reason I had it in my head that the person was a woman. But the post made me realize that I was wrong!

    I don't think there is anything wrong with us creating these mental ideas of who we each are. As long as we can admit that we won't always be right! I don't know what caused me to associate that username with a woman, whether it was content of posts, or the profile image, but whatever it was, I WAS WRONG and that's OK!

    Thanks for the post, enjoy your day!