The idea is to demonstrate how the bodies that are seen on the networks are distorted from reality, generating self-esteem problems in children and adults.
The “ideal” man and woman produced by artificial intelligence (AI) have been shown.
The AI images were created using engagement analytics on social media data, and the results are interesting. The study was conducted by The Bulimia Project.
The eating disorder awareness group cautioned that the results are “largely unrealistic“in representations of body types, reports Daily Star.
Images of men and women show a bias for olive skin tones, as all women have blonde hair and brown eyes.
Meanwhile, the hair color results aren’t the only thing that has raised eyebrows after the findings, says Daily Star.
The study, conducted by The Bulimia Project using Dall-E 2, Stable Diffusion, and Midjourney, found that the images had much more “sexual charge”.
For women, 37% of the AI-generated images had blonde hair and 53% of the photos produced included women with olive skin.
Lots of muscle, little brain?
While the men showed them with a big muscles since they came with ripped abs and extra-tight tops, he says Daily Star.
The study found that 67% of the men in the images had brown hair, while 63% showed tanned skin.
After using AI to analyze those on social media as the ideal man and woman, The Bulimia Project asked him to share his perspective based on images from the internet.
The “perfect” man in 2023 had facial hair and mostly brown eyes and hair.
As for the women, they had brown eyes, brown hair and tanned skin, reports Daily Star.
The Bulimia Project said: “Considering that social networks use algorithms based on what content gets the most attention, it’s easy to guess why AI renderings would be more sexualized”.
And they close: “But we can only assume that the reason why AI created so many strange versions of the physicists it found on social networks is that, to begin with, these platforms promote unrealistic body types”.