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article imageUgly app rises in sales, telling more people how ugly they are

By Nicole Byerly     May 3, 2012 in Technology
Do you ever ask your friends if you are ugly and they always say no? Do you want to know if they are telling the truth? You are in luck, there's an app for that.
Application developer Jo Overline created an app for cellphone users called "the ugly meter" that will tell you if you are ugly or not. But how does it work?
"So we take a photograph," explains iPhone user and app designer Jo Overline, "...and it goes through and verifies all the points on the face. It says 'here's the mouth line'."
Overline scored an ugliness rate of 32 out of 100. "How you do your hair and if you have a beard or not, those things don't matter. This is facial structure, so unfortunately a 32 like me, there's nothing you can do about it, you are what you are," says Overline.
The app uses a virtual structure to measure your eyes, nose, mouth and the size and shape of your face. It then comes up with a rating based on the measurements.
The app, available for 99 cents on the iPhone app store has already sold to thousands of users. "Last month we were number one in China for about three weeks. We were the number one app overall. It doesn't matter. Everybody is interested in vanity and they like to know where they rank," Overline adds.
Although the app was developed in a fun manner, parents express their concerns. Some parents believe the app is too harsh and will cause a variety of issues with their children. Parents are also concerned that the app will increase the chances of their child becoming bullied over their looks. It may result in depression and antisocial tendencies. Unfortunately, there is no app for that.
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