Physical and Virtual Identity:
A mundane identity is a proof that we actually exist. It includes our official papers such as birth certificates and driver’s licenses. Not only that, but our lifestyle, values, beliefs, and behaviors also make up an integral part of it. In this world, it is easy to spot that the person right in front of you is who they claim to be. You trust them, they trust you, and you both communicate normally and are on the same page.
Introduction of Avatars:
With a need of humanizing virtual identities, many companies created services like Bitmoji, Ready Player Me, and Apple’s Memoji. These platforms allow people to embody and visualize their own selves in the virtual world by customizing Avatars. However, the applications did not take into consideration protecting the safety, security, and privacy of users. They do not require any regulation or verification of names when creating an Avatar and data is not preserved and well stored.
To conclude, it is only fair to say that the Metaverse is changing how we perceive anything around us and within us. It is allowing us to create a new, safe, and secure virtual identity that is representative of our physical one. To go even further, professionals are looking to develop much more inclusive Avatars that outdo already existing ones.