I never knew that by tagging myself in photos, or clicking yes on those ‘is this you?’ pop ups on my camera roll and social media, I was training an algorithm to identify my face. I thought I was helping myself out, which is I guess what the companies play into--personalization. It’s funny though, because I think that in some ways technology has a better idea of what my face looks like than I do.
Every time I see my own face I see flaws, I see doubts, I see things that are wrong or that I need to fix. I have a biased view of it, and those flaws stick out, emphasized by my insecurities. I lose the reality of what I am looking at.