Right now the biggest craze on social media is an application called FaceApp. From celebrities to common people, everyone has been smitten by the bug. Humans have always held a fascination for the future. The most popular feature of this application is the user’s ‘old’ face which shows how you will look some decades down the lane. Interestingly, this application is more biased towards men as it made them look better in the old age with a chiseled jawline and sharp beard. It is all in good fun, at least from the look of it.
However, there is another side to this picture. When you download this application in a desperate attempt to foresee how hot you would look some years down the lane, you are submitting some important information including your face which could be used for a number of purposes. It spread like wildfire that this application can access all your photos in the album. Trust me, none of us even bothered to read their terms and conditions because we were so eager to see our old selves with young bodies (the app only makes your face look old.)
I am not a tech expert. Trust me, I even have trouble with my personal computer that I have used for years because new updates kind of baffle me. I always prefer meeting and speaking to people instead of using the more convenient online portals. I also admit I was smitten by the bug and took my old picture straight away actively posting it on my social media accounts and gauge the interest of people in my old self(thereby exercising my unlimited need for public validation.) But the news of my data going to the Russian developers who might use my picture on a billboard did shake me a bit. I still went on.
Jokes apart, everyone understands the concerns that come with any application that asks for your details and a clear face photo. Obviously, it needs full features of your face to sneak into your old age. But we humans have this tendency of thinking only about the present. We buy cigarettes that have a picture of a person with mouth cancer. We gulp down scores of fast-food knowing the deadly and life-consuming diseases it brings. We continue thinking of all bad things that could happen to us knowing that it has not even happened yet and this will only consume our mental health. We know it all yet we seek that one moment of pleasure, one moment of thrill no matter what it brings later. We might regret later but we will follow the heart. We will live in the moment.
We are, but, humans.
P.s. The old lady in the featured image is me. After all, my blog my rules.