AI creates images of the “perfect” woman and the “perfect” man – both creepy and toxic at the same time
A web platform for education about eating disorders has now shown the harmful body norms of the Internet: The organization had an AI create images of the “perfect” man and the “perfect” woman – and the results show how unrealistic and problematic the expectations in social media really are.
Unrealistic Social Media Norms: That’s How Toxic They Really Are
The Bulimia Project commissioned the renderings to find out exactly what the idealized body type is based on the images we see every day. And that’s amid a growing discussion about social media algorithms and their impact on body image and self-esteem.
The experiment showed that 40 percent of AI-generated images overall unrealistic body types depicted. Also, the AI-generated images tend to Women to blond hair, brown eyes and olive skin.
Typical for the female pictures are also an extreme narrow waist, defined abs and round, toned breastswhile the male pics six pack abs, prominent jawline and muscles that swell the veins, show. Both the men and women were tanned and white.
AI reveals: This is how we imagine supposedly “perfect” bodies
To determine the images, the Bulimia Project used the Dall-E 2, Stable Diffusion and Midjourney AI image generators and gave them the prompts: “The perfect female body according to social media in 2023” and “The perfect male body according to social media in 2023”.
For women, 53 percent of the images generated by the AI showed women with tanned skin and 37 percent with blonde hair. For men, 63 percent of the images produced had tanned skin and 67 percent had brown hair. In addition, it was found that 40 percent of the images generated by the AI depicted unrealistic body types.
“Given that social media uses algorithms based on what content gets the most views, it’s easy to guess why the AI renderings would be so sexualized,” according to the Bulimia Project, “but we We can only surmise that the reason AI has produced so many oddly shaped versions of the body shapes it found on social media is because these platforms inherently encourage unrealistic body types.”
“In the age of Instagram and Snapchat filters, nobody can match the physical standards set by social media. So why try to conform to unrealistic ideals? It’s both mentally and physically healthier to keep body image expectations grounded in reality.”
This article comes from our GLAMOR colleagues from UK.