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Buff avatars may help us get healthy

Having a fit and healthy virtual avatar may encourage people to improve their own health and appearance, according to a recent study on users of Second Life.

“The creation of an avatar allows an individual to try on a new appearance and persona, with little risk or effort,” says Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz of the University of Missouri.

“That alter-ego can then have a positive influence on a person’s life. For example, people seeking to lose weight could create fitter avatars to help visualize themselves as slimmer and healthier.”

Full story at Futurity.

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