Throwback: “I think you’re a 7”

Picture: odikastar, Momio Poland and Moimo2005, Momio Sweden

Picture: odikastar, Momio Poland and Moimo2005, Momio Sweden

In our Throwback series, we’re digging into our archives and bring you some of the old posts that are still relevant today. They might be slightly updated from their original versions. This post is back from October 2014.

“Rate my face 1-10!”
“Hot or not?”

“How do I look?” That’s something most of us are interested in. Instead of just staring at the mirror, kids have come up with a much more efficient way of finding it out: They ask.

Across all social media, kids are posting selfies and asking others to rate their look. Friends tend to be friendly and praise the looks (“I love your dress!”, “Great haircut!”) but strangers can be horrifyingly blunt: “You look like a rat” or “Looking at you makes me wanna puke”.

These “rate me” posts are a hot topic. We at Momio have been in dialog with several NGO’s about them over the years. The kids are making a lot of these posts and most comments are nice. We don’t want to ban these posts just because some commenters are being rude. Having said that, we understand that the negative comments can really upset the kid who posted the picture.

“If you can’t be nice, say nothing”

On Momio, we asked the kids what they think of these posts. This comment sums up the general mood very well: ”If you can’t take criticism, you shouldn’t ask others to rate your picture. But then again, if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t comment at all.”

The kids have a lot of sympathy towards the ones that get bad comments: “I hate the people who leave bad comments. Think if someone wrote that to you! You would also be sad.”

Inappropriate comments get caught by our AI moderation system and never get published. This allows us to nudge the child into thinking about their behaviour before any damage is done. However, sometimes a perfectly innocent-sounding comment can be mean in a certain context. Kids are good at reporting these cases, which allows us to intervene.

We are balancing on a difficult line between allowing something very popular and knowing that some kids will get their feelings hurt. What is your take on this? Have you seen this kind of posts and what did you think of them?

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About the author:

Silja Nielsen, Momio

Silja Nielsen is Head of Community and Safety at Momio. She has worked at the company since 2010. Silja has a master’s degree in Media Studies and is interested in privacy, online behaviour and online communities.

Read a Q&A with Silja here!