The beautiful ones
Sick of the unattractive riff raff on MySpace? Got killer bone structure? Your special area is right this way...
Social networking appears to be taking over the world. It seems that if I want to get in touch with my friends or find out what they’re up to, I have to log in to MySpace or Facebook. Gone are the days where emails and texts and- gasp- actual conversation on a phone or even- shock horror- meeting up in person were de rigueur.
Alongside the more general networks like MySpace and Bebo there exist a few which cater for particular types of people, divided up by profession or interests. One such network, however, has only one criterion: you have to be beautiful. Imaginatively named Beautiful People, this site is a kind of roped-off area of the net where only the gorgeous are admitted. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and on looking at some of the profile pictures, I can only assume that some of these beholders are blind.
I can’t think of anything worse than a social networking site exclusively for lookers. While I’m no dog and don’t want to surround myself with the ugly, experience has shown that when you throw too many hotties into the equation, things get boring. As well as the nasty side-effect of vanity, beauty regularly also accompanies dullness. The congenitally lovely never really have to try that hard, be it in social skills or academia; they’re just happy knowing they’re sexy. Even worse are the gorgeous people who pretend that they’re ugly and constantly seek reassurance about their looks, when it’s their personality, or lack thereof, which should be worrying them the most.
So why would anyone want to be a part of Beautiful People? Well, I guess we all like to think we’re hot and this site, which is little more than the internet equivalent of being wolf-whistled at by a builder or groped by a bouncer in the queue for a club, seems to offer a quick fix for those who need telling they’re pretty. And for those not hot enough to make it? What of them? Probably best not to think about it; I’m sure they’ll be OK. They’ve got their ‘great personalities’ to fall back on, after all.