This led to the formation of a discussion group that met at science fiction conventions and comics conventions. The specific term furry fandom was being used in fanzines as early as , and had become the standard name for the genre by the mids, when it was defined as "the organized appreciation and dissemination of art and prose regarding 'Furries', or fictional mammalian anthropomorphic characters".
By , there was sufficient interest to stage the first furry convention. Rabbit and Friends and the Funday PawPet Show , and create furry accessories , such as ears or tails. For the documentary film, see Fursonas film. Anthropomorphic animal characters created by furry fans, known as fursonas,  are used for role-playing in MUDs ,  on internet forums , or on electronic mailing lists.
There are also several furry-themed areas and communities in the virtual world Second Life. Furry convention Furry fans prepare for a race at Midwest FurFest Sufficient interest and membership has enabled the creation of many furry conventions in North America and Europe. A furry convention is for the fans get together to buy and sell artwork, participate in workshops, wear costumes, and socialize. Usenet newsgroups such as alt. There are several webcomics featuring animal characters created by or for furry fans; as such, they may be referred to as furry comics.
One such comic, T. The Usenet newsgroup alt. They have defined and adopted an alternative meaning of the word furry specific to this group: Wikimedia Commons has media related to Yiff. When compared with the general population, homosexuality and bisexuality are over-represented in the furry fandom  by about a factor of Of the US population, about 1.
The survey specifically avoided adult-oriented websites to prevent bias. Furries have a slight preference for pornographic furry artwork over non-pornographic artwork.
The older, lower results, which are even lower than estimated in the general population, were due to the methodology of questioning respondents face-to-face, which led to social desirability bias. Audio help More spoken articles Public perception and media coverage Early portrayal of the furries in magazines such as Wired ,  Loaded ,  Vanity Fair ,  and the syndicated sex column " Savage Love " focused mainly on the sexual aspect of furry fandom.
She learned that the restrictions were intended to prevent misinformation, and reported that the scandalous behavior she had expected was not evident. Samuel Conway , CEO of Anthrocon, said that "For the most part, people give us curious stares, but they're good-natured curious stares. We're here to have fun, people have fun having us here, everybody wins". Despite some concerns and warnings by staff that there could be a seriously negative culture clash if the two groups interacted, the refugee children were on the whole delighted to meet the convention goers who seemed like cartoon characters come to life.
Their publication collects several peer-reviewed and self-published studies into a single volume. Minors were not included in the study for professional ethics reasons. Nearly half of furries report that they have only ever had one fursona to represent themselves; relatively few furries have had more than three or four fursonas; in part, this is due to the fact that, for many furries, their fursonas are a personally significant, meaningful representation of their ideal self.
The most popular fursona species include wolves, foxes, dogs, large felines, and dragons. Data suggest that there are generally no associations between personality traits and different fursona species.