Have you ever wondered how truthful your friends were being when they say, "Oh, shut up, you look fantastic!"? Well, now there's an app for that.
Enter the Ugly Meter, the iPhone app (99 cents) that lets users take photos of their faces and then it analyzes their facial structure in real-time. Once the app is done scanning, it delivers a score on a 10-point scale.
And it doesn't sugar coat the results.
I tried it twice, once with makeup and once without, to really see if it's based on looks or just facial structure. My findings? Definitely looks.
With makeup, I received a 1.6/10 (you want to get a low score), with the line "If you were a burger, you'd be a McGorgeous." Aw, gee, thanks.
But any self-esteem boost I received from that was quickly taken away with my makeup. After I had removed the eyeshadow and liner, the results weren't so kind. I received a 9/10 with a saying that said, "If ugliness were bricks, you'd be the Great Wall of China." Ha! Ouch. Guess I don't have that whole natural beauty thing going for me!
I get that it's all in good fun and feel that most adults can sense the humor in it and not take a silly little app seriously. But it could seriously do some damage to, say, a pre-teen who is already obsessed with her looks as it is. Right now the app is available for users ages 9 and up, which, in my opinion, is far too young. It's a lighthearted game, especially since it's an iPhone camera (not exactly working with the highest quality here) and lighting plays a huge role in how well a photo comes out. But kids won't be able to differentiate that, and I can only see it adding fuel to the bullying fire.
Have you tried this app? What did you rank? Think it's okay to let it be available to kids?
Image via Brittny Drye