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VTuber lore nonsense that should be behind a fold 

My VTuber lore is not exactly "wacky", but it's certainly the type of "overly literal" or "absurdly mundane" silliness that I'm prone to:

- my model is a robot body that was salvaged from the bottom of a lake
- I (the off-screen human) live in an apartment in the dystopian future, and I refurbished the body (and played a bit of dress-up with it)
- since its onboard AI circuits were already picked apart by scavengers, I rewired the body to accept remote neural control inputs
- when I'm streaming as the robot, I'm explicitly a human puppeteering the robot
- sometimes there are sirens and traffic noise outside, because that's just how things are outside the apartment

Not long into lockdown, we got articles about "Zoom fatigue" and the negative effects of having to see yourself all the time in video meetings (to the point where videoconferencing apps added the option to turn the self-cam view off).

I'm wondering how that differs from a VTuber seeing their own model all the time.

I love my model. I made it myself with free software, and I'm very proud of that. But... should I stop looking at my own video feed during streams? Should I limit my exposure to my, uh, virtual "reflection" for any reason? Am I teaching myself bad habits?

Or is this actually positive? Is it helping me learn to be more comfortable with seeing "myself"? Will this help me with my meatspace life at all (in which I periodically grapple with anxiety and depression)?

I wonder if there are/will be any studies on self-monitoring through virtual avatars!


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