Our group have observed that not all alter guys are directly to the point, most of them start the conversation by just simply asking some of the personal information like “kamusta?”, “anong year mo na?”, etc. However, small talks can lead to something intimate, like exchanging naked photos and sometimes it can be a root of meet-ups.
But some users made an alter just to create an identity to express their true selves and find companion who will understand what they are going through.
Here are some of the conversation that we had with alter guys. Usersasked me about my personal information and how is my life going.
We have noticed that alter guys usually start the conversation by asking “what’s up” or “kamusta” and leads to their follow up questions like “ano hanap mo?”
Users asked me why I’m here in alter and if I want to meet them.
After observing on what kind of culture does alter world have, We adapted to their community and start to ask questions in an alter person way.
First, I asked them what are their reasons for creating an alter account and my follow-up question was “how’s alter so far?”
These are the answers.
Based from them, they said alter is not just for a porn or sexual pleasure, but it has deeper reasons.
One, it is a form of escape from the reality, maybe they cannot act what they want in reality so they decided to create an alter to find a community that really accepts them for what they are.
Second, they think it’s a safe environment for them, because in alter no one knows your true identity and they can do whatever they want without the fear of judgment and discrimination.
Lastly, they made an alter just to satisfy their sexual needs by viewing someone’s jacking off video or two guys having sex.
In addition to that, I asked them if they post sensitive media and what do they think the reasons for posting such sensual stuff.
Alter Guy#2: He is famous in alter from posting such sensitive media.
Based from these three alter dudes, their answers might be one of the common reasons why alter people post sensitive media.
Some of them use alter to gain fame by posting uncensored videos or pictures. According to the one person that I have asked, he said it’s a form of release while remaining safe and anonymous. One of them said alter is pleasure, so maybe by posting these kind of stuff, they make the pleasure of the people satisfied.
Thus, searching for fuck buddies could be one of the reasons. By posting those sensual pictures or videos, they can attract or arouse people who have their same needs, like having sex and being laid.
Others like this alter guy#3 does not post anything, he wants live, cam-to-cam through the help of Skype. Maybe it gives him more pleasure and more realistic than watching somebody else’s video. When you are having a cam to cam, there is a real communication you can hear the voice of the person you are talking to, you can command them what to do on-cam based from whatever you want. The concept of cybersex falls in this kind of situation.
Lastly for my third main question. Do they send their face pictures like their real identity? What are their reasons for sending their picture knowing that alter ego is for the people who hides their identity?
Those were some of the users’ answers about my question. 13 out of 15 people said that they were not comfortable of sending pictures, because it is for their own protection and safety. Some alter user has a reputation and big name in real life.
Furthermore, their follow-up answer was somehow similar to the answer in my first main question, which is what are their reasons for creating an alter and they said that they don’t send face pictures, because first they made an alter to create a new identity, so that they can do whatever they want. Lastly if someone knows that they have an alter account the immediate thinking of the people to them would be, they are into sexually act and hookups.The common stereotype of the people to the alter users was they are sexually inclined, and their community revolves around only in pleasure and sex.Maybe it’s true for some people because when you enter in alter community there are a lot of sensual stuff that you may see at first.
However, if you look into deeper understanding you would notice that some of the users create an alter account to shade their identity and to escape from reality. People have different personalities and problems to escape with. For them, creating an alter ego is one of their form of escape. Social media allows people to escape the world, and to enter an alternate make-believe sphere of their own desire. Moreover, they can choose to portray a particular representation of their selves that is not necessarily congruous with reality (Laura, 2011).
Based from our observation and participant discussion. Most of them made an alter for sexual pleasure, to satisfy their sexual needs and to benefit their audience of their sensitive photos and videos.
Some of them is just for out of curiosity, they want to explore the world of alter ego but later on, this kind of exploration can lead to sexual desires they feel the pressure or the envies of posting such kind of sensitive media.So for them to be able to accept in alter community they must post sensual stuff.
Others did not believe in this kind of cliché they made an alter just to find new friends and meet new people only. People in alter world are decent and kind, but we cannot avoid that some people in alter world are always into pleasure and sex. Nevertheless, according to some alter users it’s up to them if they want to make out with those guys or not. Life is a choice, as they say.