Most truly expressionless faces register at 97% neutral.
The remaining 3% register little hints of emotions like sad eyes or angry brows. Celebs who are known for RBF like Victoria Beckham, Kayne West, and Kristen Stewart registered at 6%, double the amount of emotions. The major “big change in percentage came from ‘contempt,'” Macbeth said, which can be indicated by things like “one side of the lip pulled back slightly, the eyes squinting a little,” Rogers explained.
While we usually equate RBF with women, the computer shows equal amounts of contemptuous looks from both males and females. The stigma of women having RBF is a cultural bias, based on social pressures since women are constantly told to look happy, smile more, and act warmer than their male counterparts. “Eastern European people are seen as very stoic and not showing a lot of emotion and […] a lot of the people touted as having RBF are women,” Macbeth said.
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Rogers and Macbeth are inviting everyone to submit their own face for analysis. You can email photos of your most “neutral” facial expressions to [email protected], and FaceReader will tell you if you’re actually expressionless. Or you can just ask your friends, but you already know what they might say!
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