Artificial intelligence is the talk of the town in the tech world right now. And not just for tech businesses, but AI is a tool that can transform any industry-- including beauty. There has been recent talk about how AI, or artificial intelligence, has an impact on body image and how it generates "perfect beauty". I also recently shared on my TikTok how filters and augmented reality can add to the negative effects that social media has had on body image and self-esteem.
A study done by The Bulimia Project revealed what AI thinks the perfect body is based on social media data. (1) The results are typical and stereotypical, and I'd say it's in alignment with what most people think is the "perfect body". The perfect body is the one we will receive when we go home to the Lord. No one is going to be perfect on this planet, but still, there are millions who aim for this unattainable goal.
The results of the AI images came from tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion which generated unreal body types and even discriminated on what perfect beauty is. For instance, most of the images showed a blonde-haired girl and a perfectly muscular white man.
Aside from these images, when prompted to generate images of "perfect female bodies", the AI results were of slim and trim women, not taking into account any curvier body types. It's also worth noting that most of the AI-generated images had more sex appeal than just generating regular images.
I think that says a lot about the constant information that we put out and the results we're getting back. Because of the carelessness of sexualizing bodies and glorifying one body type, the results are poor mental health in GenZ and Millennial generations, as well as our own technology showing us what we value most.
What can be done about this? Thankfully, the Supreme Court is now working on ways to incorporate safer internet usage for our youth, but rather than trusting our government to help, here's what we can do in our personal lives:
Limit social media usage - logging out for longer periods of time will boost your peace of mind and productivity
Remove harmful content from your entertainment diet
Change what you listen to, your music can have a huge effect on your self-image
Remember, you're created in the image of God and He has already accepted you as you are. There are a lot of voices telling you who you should be, but our God is the one who is stable and will never change His mind about you. He is the one we should put our trust in and our hope.
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