This question was designed to invite people to consider how we are perceived by the choices we embody, and how this might reflect through how we are treated and then reactively treat others.
Answers up to 3/15/2021
As a costume persona, I generally pick a realistic to me human avatar, or something absurd if I am in a new space and don't know others, or to experiment with avatar models. Dressing "nicer" affects how others engage with me, and subsequently how our interactions progress.
I don’t think it does, should it?
I always treat people with kindness and respect regardless of the avatar I embody.
The avatar I wear does not affect how I treat people at all although it may affect the way people treat me.
My avatar is a feminine woman. I definitely feel it attracts unwanted behavior
Same as how I treat them IRL, kindness and respect.
I forget I’m wearing an avatar... and I don’t see people’s avatars, I see and hear the person behind them—is getting closer and closer to feeling like real world interaction. And at its core it is real human interaction! :)
I think I treat people the same either way, but I can definitely be more outgoing in a male or non-gendered avatar, because I get no rude/sexual comments.
I prefer to have my avatar be as close to my persona as possible. Therefore, I treat people in VR as I would in real life.
Research results on Survey. These answers are deidentified and only ones that seem to reflect relevance and additional perspectives are published. Answers with quotation marks around them are ones that have been verbally gathered while in VR.