Being a clinical psychologist and weight liberator focusing on body image, it made sense to do an interview with fox news about an app called the ugly app. It claims to have research behind it, which I openly challenge, that measures facial features and determines how attractive you are. A 10 is ugliest, not how people usually rate peoples’ looks. It also says mean things to you when you score higher. So this company is banking on our basic needs for curiosity and how others view us. This is not only not fun to me, but can cause damage to one’s self image and self esteem. I don’ care how confident you are about your appearance, this app can be destructive. A beautiful person to most might think they’re ugly. A narcissist who is not attractive to most could score low and have a more expansive ego, the last thing people around them need.
If you are the type to obsess about things, especially the scale or clothing size, avoid this app. It will make you obsess more. It is not healthy. My fear is that these clowns will make one for an entire body. Like the US doesn’t have enough people with eating disorders. These apps can create eating disorders and worsen them for sure. Attractiveness is subjective. There is research evidencing certain physical traits like bone structure that many people will find attractive. This is peer reviewed research, and still open to subjectivity. What is the evidence behind this app? I challenge the developers to prove it. I think it is random, destructive, money making bullshit. And it is working for them. They already beat angry birds in downloads at launch. Sad and infuriating. We’re more than a number. The only thing ugly here is how damaging this app can be, and that this is what society buys into.