Home Folder Applications folder is empty

Using Finder, if I select Macintosh HD, I get the applications folder, and it lists the apps, as it should. In the Sidebar is my Home Folder, identified by my short name...when I select it, I get various folders to view....the Applications Folder is empty...nothing....but if I select Macintosh HD in the Sidebar as I mentioned above, all the apps are their...
What does this mean? Why is the Applications folder under my shortname empty?

"Why is the Applications folder under my shortname empty?"
Because that is where apps that you, and only you have access to. No other users will see them or be able to use them. If the folder's empty, don't worry about it.

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