So…other than creating some average bodies, what else can we do with the wealth of information people have given out as part of Strawberry Singh’s digits project? Apparently, we can learn quite a lot about how people build their avatars.
For instance, let’s look at the average height of female avatars in SL. Earlier, I determined that the average height was about 50 (rounded up to a usable number). But…what does that mean? Are people actually setting their heights to 50, or do we have a whole bunch of people at height 0 and a whole bunch of people at height 100? The answer could make a big difference to posemakers, furniture creators, and clothing designers. Let’s find out.
(This chart and those below may be hard to read on WordPress — please feel free to pop over to my Flickr for larger sizes.)
So — yes. The most common height setting, by a long way, is 50. Interestingly, though, other than 53 (9 avatars), none of the other height settings in the 50s were chosen by more than 5 avatars. More female avatars had their heights set in the 40 and 60 value ranges, which joined with the large number that had their heights at 50 to reach the 50 average.
What about legs? I couldn’t accurately gauge a ratio of leg length to overall height. The SL “height” setting is a proportion of a SL standard, so even if you have your height meter set at 0, your avatar still has a height. Additionally, height is a factor of not just the height setting but also numerous other settings such as leg length, torso length, hip length, and so on. Therefore, after multiple efforts, I gave up on that. However, I did put together a bit comparing leg length to torso length, which may give a good idea of how avatars balance their height:
As you can see, women generally set their legs longer than their torsos — only 48 of 232 female avatars had legs shorter than their torsos. 34 avatars had a 1:1 ratio, or legs and torsos set to the same (or roughly the same) length. The rest, 150 avatars, had legs longer than their torsos. While the most common ratio was 1:1, the second-most common was 1.3:1, or 4:3.
I’m working on finding an accurate source for real-life proportions and ratios. Everything I’ve found for real-life proportions so far repeats the information most of us already know, using heads as a proportional marker. Once I find some more useful RL data to use as a comparison to this data, I’ll edit this post. Edit: still not finding great data for this, but I’ve discussed it in the men’s post here.
It’s also very useful to see arm to torso proportions — sure, posemakers would find that helpful, but more importantly, a lot of people posting their shapes to Strawberry Singh’s group have commented that they’re not sure their arms are proportionate. Here’s how the group shakes out:
Women almost uniformly had longer arms than their torsos, but most of them kept it very close — 190 women kept their arms between a 1:1 and 2:1 arm to torso ratio, and 124 of those kept their arms to ratios from 1:1 and 1.5:1. The most common ratios were 1.1:1 and 1:3:1, and more extreme discrepancies between arm length and torso length existed but were not common (and were often found in avatars trying to look unusual).
I am not trying to draw conclusions from all this. I’m just offering the data for those who are interested in using it, because I think it’s really cool and people have been so fantastic to offer their shape digits.
Men: you’re up next. Give me a day or two to make your graphs look pretty.