Does anyone remember the early days of the Internet in the mid-nineties, where a majority of online interactions took place on and Internet Relay Chat (IRC)? I was only ten years old when I was first connected, and it did not take me long to learn that saying 10/f/Chicago would not make me look as cool as when I would say 13/f/Chi-town. I knew some of my older friends would take it to the extreme and pretend to be 18 year olds and try to appear book smart as they spoke to actual adults.
The Internet is a scary place, you know, and do not believe everything you read at face value.
Eventually, I figured out that people on the Internet tend to tell half-truths in order to create an idealized persona. Of course this idea applies to chatrooms or forums, but is it possible to hide one's age on a webcomic host site like Drunk Duck? Is it possible for a reader to tell a person's age by their drawing style? In some cases it is difficult because there are really good artists in every age bracket.
A topic once discussed on a Quackcast was whether it was possible to guess the gender of the artist by the way he/she draws. In the end, it is down to general preference whether an artist wants to draw curvaceous figures instead of angled ones.
Our community is pretty diverse and we always get a steady stream of newcomers making new comics. I wonder if anyone has created a different online persona from their real world one to connect with more readers. Until then I am going to remain a 32/female/California online and offline until next time!
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kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 27, 2017
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