As if the pressure of myspace, facebook and formspring wasn't enough, we now have the added pressure of robots judging our looks as well! Anaface.com, is the newest way to feel crappy about yourself. The website "analyzes facial beauty and attractiveness by performing complex calculations on the lips, nose, and face." I decided to try it out and here are my results.
It's great being told some of your features are too wide or small, no? I don't believe a machine can calculate if someone is attractive or not. Attraction isn't just based on facial widths. Not everyone will be affected by a computer telling them ways they can look better. The same goes for people getting anonymously bashed on formspring. For some people though, we have seen major impacts with the harsh vanity of the internet.
Heidi Montage is one good example. While some may argue she brought her downward spiral of plastic surgery on herself through her fame whoring ways, you can't help but wonder what effects the internet had on her. It doesn't take being a real life celebrity either to have tons of backlash. Their are numerous pages devoted to posting pictures of normal people one person might consider ugly. Formspring is a breeding ground for jealous girls to make each other feel terrible about their looks. I myself have avoided this website altogether as I had enough torture from my honest box comments. The internet has had some pretty negative effects on me. I experienced a ton of bullying in grade nine and it truly has affected my confidence. I admit that I have put myself out there though. With the photo shoots and singing, I did expect some of this. Just not at such a hateful level. At first I didn't think it had any effect on me but I began to notice it did after a few months. My confidence now is different, maybe from growing up. I'm just glad I never took the comments to seriously as I would be a wreck.
What do you think about websites like this? Do you think the internet had any affect on your confidence?