Using your real photos as profile picture can be too revealing for those who are very conscious of their privacy. In case you’re not very comfortable using your photos as a way to represent yourself, you should simply cartoon yourself and use the resulting cartoon drawing as a replacement.
Some go a step further by using custom cartoon avatars. These may be self-made by a free online avatar generator. With the help of these generators, users can cartoon themselves and create cartoon avatars that have resembling features. The problem with generators is that the characters are usually pretty simple/low quality and overall generic. For anyone who’s not satisfied with this, there is an alternative. There are plenty of illustrators offering their service to create a custom cartoon avatar from photo. These are not free, but there is a clear difference in quality.
Professionally made custom cartoon avatar are appealing for both extroverts and introverts as well. They combine traits that are perfect for any user. There are many style choices available, they are fun to look at, memorable since they are unique, they resemble their owner and help create connection, but not at the cost of privacy. With these in mind, custom cartoon avatars are popular among all kinds of people.
Avatars have an implication in more business-related things as well. If you don’t change your avatar for a long time it can become a part of your branding, an image based on which you and your brand are recognized. If this is the case changing your custom avatar will have a negative impact on your brand, therefore be careful what you choose because you might be stuck with your avatar forever. A great example of this are YouTubers. Their avatars are iconic and once they become popular mostly static. Many use custom cartoon avatars, reminiscent of their old content, but can’t change it since it is part of their brand, it’s their logo.