Do YOU Think These Girls Are UGLY?

What started off as a post on Youtube has spawned into a dis­turb­ing world­wide trend call­ing out for at­ten­tion...

Cosmopolitan (India) - - UPFRONT -

Asearch for the phrase ' Am I pretty or ugly' on YouTube yields dozens of video re­sults with young girls polling view­ers for opin­ions on their looks. The girls, some as lit­tle as 9- years- old, are ask­ing strangers to tell them if they're cute.

Their anony­mous au­di­ence has taken cy­ber- bul­ly­ing to a new high. Some of the com­ments are sweet and en­cour­ag­ing [' Don't let any­one tell you you're ugly'], some think these girls are just beg­ging for at­ten­tion [' Go study in­stead!'], but most are so nasty, racist and in­ap­pro­pri­ately sex­ual, that even the most con­fi­dent among us would crum­ble.

One school­girl's video has more than 3.5 mil­lion views and close to a mil­lion com­ments. They range from ' You're SO pretty' to ' You're ugly as hell. You should end your life'. And yet, de­spite the bar­rage of offensive com­ments, sim­i­lar videos are be­ing added ev­ery day, by young women from around the world.

Ex­perts say that while it may seem nat­u­ral that we value oth­ers opin­ion about our­selves, some of us are

ob­sessed with what oth­ers think. And tak­ing that ob­ses­sion to the In­ter­net means we're mak­ing our­selves ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble, and open to psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional dam­age. New York- based child psy­chi­a­trist Fran­cisco Gon­za­lez- Franco says this is a wor­ry­ing trend. " These girls should seek help from friends and fam­ily for their prob­lems. The last place they should be look­ing for val­i­da­tion is from YouTube com­menters."

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