TikTok’s Funny Attractive Face Scale Trend 2022
TikTok’s newest trend, the Attractive Face Scale, can be fun if you’re willing to let it arbitrarily judge your appearance. This is because TikTok users use composite images to determine whether or not they are “hot.”
Like finding their celebrity lookalike, their Marvel alters ego or even their ethnicity with Shapeshifting, this “hot or not” fad utilizes the same Shapeshifting effect. While the product isn’t very effective at finding lookalikes, your mileage may vary. Unless you’re one of the one-in-a-million people with a rock-solid self-image, we suggest avoiding this trend.
The Attractive Face Scale is based on photos from the Hot or Not website.
According to Pierre Tourigny, a Flickr user who claimed to be a photography enthusiast and statistics programmer from Gatineau, Canada, TikTok users are comparing themselves to the Attractive Face Scale.
‘Hot or Not,’ where “people rate others’ attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10” and “an average score based on hundreds or even thousands of individual ratings takes only a few days to emerge,” as Pierre explained when he shared the scale to Flickr in 2006, was defunct at the time of Pierre’s posting of the scale.
To create multi-morph composites of rank groupings, Pierre used the SquirlzMorph software, which he said he downloaded, sorted by ranking, and used.
As a result of the low resolution and wide range of variations in the source images, he was limited to using only 36 control points for the morphs, resulting in the blurry portraits you see here today.
@jennapesa this hurted my feelings ngl #fyp #shapeshifter #hotornot #compositeimage #foryou ♬ King of the Hill Theme – The Refreshments
What are Pierre’s conclusions? First, the morphs are “prettier than their sources because face asymmetries and skin blemishes average out,” and second, “fat is not attractive.” Please check out this article to learn more about society’s fatphobic problem.)
Because many TikTok users already have negative body image issues, you do not need to join in on the trend.
Some TikTok users may see this “hot or not” trend as nothing more than a silly game, but others may take it very seriously. Moreover, this could pose a serious issue.
As NBC News reported in July, TikTok users were already saying that the app was altering their body image even before they started comparing themselves to a grid of fake faces.
“When I first downloaded TikTok, I saw a lot of really, really negative body image videos,” TikTok body-positive activist Brittani Lancaster told the outlet. “If seeing these posts is making your mental health worse, it’s not worth it to keep doing it.”
“I liked my body before I downloaded TikTok,” actress and social media star Sissy Sheridan tweeted in May 2020.
So, skipping the “hot or not” trend is perfectly acceptable and may be highly recommended. However, since there’s no evidence to back up the “Hot or Not” conceit and the “attractiveness scale,” this Shapeshifting effect is unproductive and unhealthy. You know what? Let’s call it a day!