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2012-07-30 11:32:42 AM
because we are ugly
 
2012-07-30 11:33:56 AM
Because I'm old? Unlike most middle-aged freaks, I am not deluded about myself. I'm slower, uglier, fatter and dumber than I was at 20. Why would I want to look at that?
 
2012-07-30 11:36:05 AM
My awesome gives off a mean lens flare effect, and I HATE LENS FLARE.
 
2012-07-30 11:37:39 AM
'Cause those jeans make our ass look fat.

/Along with all the ass fat.
 
2012-07-30 11:38:30 AM
Because if we don't, then we're narcissistic. And nobody likes those people.
 
2012-07-30 11:38:49 AM
You mean it's not just me? I don't like having my picture taken period though.
 
2012-07-30 11:39:12 AM
In my case, it's because I have a face made for radio.

/And a voice made for Morse code.
 
2012-07-30 11:40:10 AM
Hate looking at me? Hell no. Love looking at me? Only when I'm taking care of business.
 
2012-07-30 11:43:25 AM
Wait do I really have that much of a double chin? Maybe it's the perspective, yeah that's got to be it. Everyone has a bit of second chin from that angle, right? Right. Ugh, my hair. I hate this humidity, I have absolutely no control over hair. That's definitively not how it looked when I left the house. Wait, so did my hair look that stupid all day? It looked alright earlier when I was in the bathroom. But that was before lunch. Maybe it got messed up when I raced Sally to see who got the last of the scotch tape. Speaking of scotch, my shirt looks so stained! Right there, that slightly darker spot! Ugh, why do I look like such a slob! What's the point of spending so much time in the morning looking nice if I spend the rest of the day looking like that disgusting biatch in HR. No wonder that mail guy never checks out my cleavage. I HATE THIS CAMERA. NO ONE MAY EVER TAKE MY PICTURE EVER AGAIN.
 
2012-07-30 11:44:00 AM
I look at myself in the mirror constantly because I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to appearances. I can't take a photo worth a damn though. My eyes are always half closed even without flash, and I rarely smile, so I hate all pictures of myself.
 
2012-07-30 11:47:11 AM
Because seeing me makes me want to bone me and I hurt my back trying.
 
2012-07-30 11:48:23 AM
One time, this guy handed me a picture of him, he said,"Here's a picture of me when I was younger." Every picture is of you when you were younger. "Here's a picture of me when I'm older." "You son-of-a-biatch! How'd you pull that off? Lemme see that camera... what's it look like?"
 
2012-07-30 11:48:32 AM
Because they contain our stolen souls?
 
2012-07-30 11:48:50 AM
I don't want my soul to be stolen.
 
2012-07-30 11:50:24 AM
Because I always look stoned. I'm not, I just look like I am.

Or it emphasizes my hair loss.
 
2012-07-30 11:50:33 AM
i objectively look bad in pictures.
 
2012-07-30 11:52:51 AM
Not new idea. Cribbing PKD.
 
2012-07-30 11:57:27 AM
I haven't let my picture be taken in years. I was a cute kid, but now...haha, no.
 
2012-07-30 11:58:45 AM
Because mirrors are better at lying to you than a photograph.
 
2012-07-30 11:59:32 AM
Because big nose.
 
2012-07-30 11:59:44 AM

Skyfrog: You mean it's not just me? I don't like having my picture taken period though.


Same here. Though it makes me wonder who this article is written for, considering nearly every person I've ever met loves having their picture taken. So, they love having their picture taken but hate looking at it?
 
2012-07-30 12:01:16 PM

BafflerMeal: Cribbing PKD.


Which was the one where a guy goes back in time, meets up with himself, and then they spend an entire car-ride in awkward silence because they can't stand the sight of each other?

Was it Now Wait for Last Year?
 
2012-07-30 12:05:40 PM

Mr_Fabulous: BafflerMeal: Cribbing PKD.

Which was the one where a guy goes back in time, meets up with himself, and then they spend an entire car-ride in awkward silence because they can't stand the sight of each other?

Was it Now Wait for Last Year?


Time travel threadjack?

Guy gets a time travel belt from his crazy uncle, adventures through time, farks time right up, has orgies with himself(shudder), and eventually it's he who gives himself the belt? Anyone know the title?
 
2012-07-30 12:11:56 PM

robohobo: Mr_Fabulous: BafflerMeal: Cribbing PKD.

Which was the one where a guy goes back in time, meets up with himself, and then they spend an entire car-ride in awkward silence because they can't stand the sight of each other?

Was it Now Wait for Last Year?

Time travel threadjack?

Guy gets a time travel belt from his crazy uncle, adventures through time, farks time right up, has orgies with himself(shudder), and eventually it's he who gives himself the belt? Anyone know the title?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Folded_Himself
 
2012-07-30 12:13:15 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: robohobo: Mr_Fabulous: BafflerMeal: Cribbing PKD.

Which was the one where a guy goes back in time, meets up with himself, and then they spend an entire car-ride in awkward silence because they can't stand the sight of each other?

Was it Now Wait for Last Year?

Time travel threadjack?

Guy gets a time travel belt from his crazy uncle, adventures through time, farks time right up, has orgies with himself(shudder), and eventually it's he who gives himself the belt? Anyone know the title?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Folded_Himself


Awesome. Thanks man.

Not as good as Replay. but pretty good, and straighter sci-fi.
 
2012-07-30 12:14:12 PM
I recently broke down and admitted that I should probably go ahead and set up a profile on some dating sites, but one of the reasons I keep putting off actually doing it is because I need a "competitive" picture, otherwise why bother? I really hate taking 30 pictures of myself and sifting through them to find the one where I look remotely human. At least now I have a slight excuse other than "I really am that funny looking." Sigh.
 
2012-07-30 12:24:01 PM
Because I would rather believe that that which I see in the mirror is more realistic than that which I see in a photograph. I look like crap in 19 of 20 pics taken of me but I have no problem with my reflection.
 
Skr
2012-07-30 12:24:02 PM
I am accustomed to Mirror Me. The realistically oriented Picture Me looks strange when I see it. So this article pretty much summed up what I already knew.

/doesn't help that I am asymmetric as all hell- which amplifies the differences between the images.
//always have that itchy thought in the back of the mind, "Am I the evil clone?"
 
2012-07-30 12:26:23 PM
because I look horrible in pictures, supposedly that is what I really look like and ugh
 
2012-07-30 12:27:14 PM

Martian_Astronomer: I recently broke down and admitted that I should probably go ahead and set up a profile on some dating sites, but one of the reasons I keep putting off actually doing it is because I need a "competitive" picture, otherwise why bother? I really hate taking 30 pictures of myself and sifting through them to find the one where I look remotely human. At least now I have a slight excuse other than "I really am that funny looking." Sigh.


Put them up here, we'll tell you which ones you should use. Or photoshop you in exciting places to take the edge off.
 
2012-07-30 12:28:59 PM
I like how the article explains why people hate images of themselves, and everyone here is saying "no I just look bad in pictures".

Listen, people, you just think you do. Put your picture up here and we'll make you feel better. I pwomise!
 
2012-07-30 12:35:45 PM
I avoid cameras at all expense. So no worries there.


But I -HATE- hearing recordings of my voice.

There's more bass in my head. On the outside I've got all the pinched huskiness of a tranny. : (
 
2012-07-30 12:36:00 PM

kungfu jesus with a side of lime: because we are ugly


This. I recognize the fact that I'm out of shape and not at all stylish.
 
2012-07-30 12:41:27 PM
The short answer is generally two reasons:

1. Most people's bathrooms have completely unrealistic lighting and our most common frame of reference is 'lit wrong' compared to uncontrolled images.

2. A mirror image (again our most common frame of reference) is the 'mirror image' of what we see in photographs as well. What we see in the mirror is *not* reality, it is backwards. Photographs put the right side right and left side left, which is something most of us just don't see ourselves as. So it looks 'off' even though it is a more accurate representation of what we would look like if we saw ourselves.

/PKD goes off on this for a while in 'A Scanner Darkly'
 
2012-07-30 12:41:27 PM
Wait, wait don't tell me... Because our actual visage is not equal to the awe-inspiring self-image we like to carry.

[checks TFA] Bingo! What do I win?
 
2012-07-30 12:48:14 PM

robohobo: Quantum Apostrophe: robohobo: Mr_Fabulous: BafflerMeal: Cribbing PKD.

Which was the one where a guy goes back in time, meets up with himself, and then they spend an entire car-ride in awkward silence because they can't stand the sight of each other?

Was it Now Wait for Last Year?

Time travel threadjack?

Guy gets a time travel belt from his crazy uncle, adventures through time, farks time right up, has orgies with himself(shudder), and eventually it's he who gives himself the belt? Anyone know the title?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Folded_Himself

Awesome. Thanks man.

Not as good as Replay. but pretty good, and straighter sci-fi.


stagevu.com
 
2012-07-30 12:53:43 PM

robohobo: Awesome. Thanks man.

Not as good as Replay. but pretty good, and straighter sci-fi.



Saaayyyyy, you seem like someone who would enjoy some really bizarre sci-fi....

ecx.images-amazon.com

If you can find it, give it a chance, the first ten or so pages read like very dated '70s pulp but it picks up quickly after that.
 
2012-07-30 01:32:26 PM
farking mirrors. Is there anything they can't do?
 
2012-07-30 01:41:21 PM
I'm usually in a compromising position
i221.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-30 02:01:47 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Because I'm old? Unlike most middle-aged freaks, I am not deluded about myself. I'm slower, uglier, fatter and dumber than I was at 20. Why would I want to look at that?


A-yup. Same here.
 
2012-07-30 02:52:20 PM
When youve lost a lot of weighrqjp
 
2012-07-30 03:18:05 PM

Slaxl: Put them up here, we'll tell you which ones you should use.


I may not be the sharpest brick in the Happy Meal, but I like to think I'm smarter than that.
 
2012-07-30 03:30:53 PM
Because I am one of the least photogenic people in existence.
 
2012-07-30 03:41:33 PM
So is it safe to assume everyone with a facebook account is narcissistic, bordering on psychopathic?
 
2012-07-30 03:46:53 PM

D_Evans45: When youve lost a lot of weighrqjp



lol, I had to put my phone back in my pocket real quick. What I meant to say was, after you've lost a whole bunch of weight it feels good to look in the mirror.

/Used to avoid mirrors
//Double chin remnant wont drop off, though, damnit
 
2012-07-30 03:49:05 PM
and photos*

/Damnit, I give up
 
2012-07-30 04:05:42 PM

kungfu jesus with a side of lime: because we are ugly


dammit.
 
2012-07-30 06:06:44 PM

Nebulious: Wait do I really have that much of a double chin? Maybe it's the perspective, yeah that's got to be it. Everyone has a bit of second chin from that angle, right? Right. Ugh, my hair. I hate this humidity, I have absolutely no control over hair. That's definitively not how it looked when I left the house. Wait, so did my hair look that stupid all day? It looked alright earlier when I was in the bathroom. But that was before lunch. Maybe it got messed up when I raced Sally to see who got the last of the scotch tape. Speaking of scotch, my shirt looks so stained! Right there, that slightly darker spot! Ugh, why do I look like such a slob! What's the point of spending so much time in the morning looking nice if I spend the rest of the day looking like that disgusting biatch in HR. No wonder that mail guy never checks out my cleavage. I HATE THIS CAMERA. NO ONE MAY EVER TAKE MY PICTURE EVER AGAIN.


Photos take our 3-D features and squash them into 2-D and even if you have sculpted cheeks, you'll look fat.

Protip for chins: Tilt your head slightly downward and move your head forward a bit. This will hide your chins. Do move too much or you'll look worse than doing nothing.
 
2012-07-30 06:08:44 PM
Because I am grotesque and I have a giant freak head, and a nose you could store a small vehicle in.
 
2012-07-30 07:26:49 PM
I don't this this is entire picture because of the fact that people often flinch when they come across a photo of themselves that they haven't seen in a mirror, say from behind (no, I don't mean in a rude way). Not because it's fatter than they thought, just that it's "different" from some sort of concept in their head.
 
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