Have you ever asked yourself the following question about age – what will you look like when you are older? Well, social media platform TikTok now has a so-called “old” filter that’s meant to give you a possible insight. The filter uses AI – artificial intelligence and not Allen Iverson – to analyze the video of your face on TikTok and then apply various age-related changes in real time. In fact, these real-time changes can be so close to a person’s contours that TikTokers used the hashtag #agedfilter to comment on how realistic the resulting video images looked. Of course, without a time machine, there’s no real way to tell if the age filter reflects what you’ll look like in the future. However, what is interesting is how people reacted when faced with their possible future faces.
For example, Kylie Jenner, the 25-year-old millionaire who starred in the reality TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians and they started a cosmetics company, they didn’t like it – at least at first. How could you tell? Well, the best thing was that she was post a video of yourself on TikTok asking the filter age and responding with, “I don’t like it.” And in case you weren’t clear about her answer, she said, “I don’t like it at all. It’s not.” Yes, no, no, yay:
As you can see, Jenner’s age filter image didn’t look too different from her current image. It’s not like she suddenly looked like Gandalf the Gray – Gandalf the Gray wouldn’t be attractive. No, the filter only changed some of the contours and coloring on Jenner’s face. Jenner backtracked a bit in the TikTok comments section, however, adding: “jk I love her she’s cute lol.”
Jenner’s half-sister, 42-year-old Kim Kardashian, also followed this old TikTok filter trend. she post a video herself getting a fill of the filter and saying, “I looked great!” Then West of the mother-daughter duo – her 10-year-old daughter North West – entered from any direction of the screen:
Even with the filter, West didn’t look much north of 10, prompting Kardashian to say, “You don’t look any older. How is that possible?” To that, North argued, “No, I’m older.”
When you are 10 years old, you may want to look older. After all, being older allows you to do things like drive a car, vote, and run for US President. But when you turn 21, it may seem like you only have a few years left with a lot of advertising and stuff in the entertainment industry. People trying to sell you cosmetics, cosmetic surgery and other items can make wrinkles and other age-related skin changes like avocado browning.
So, it’s no surprise that a TikTok search for #agedfilter turned up a lot of nervous if not panicky responses about what to see with the aged filter. Many people have been talking about how they will use Botox and other interventions to prevent what they see with the filter. Yes, folks, it looks like a lot of people aren’t okay with getting old.
Which brings us to actress and comedian Amy Poehler’s response to TikTok. She posted a video of her using the old filter along with a simple caption, “May I be as lucky as I am”:
She followed up with the following comment on her TikTok post: “Aging is a privilege.”
How’s that for a perspective hummus spread on this whole #agedfilter thing? Although some people seem to worry about how they might look as they age, there is no guarantee that everyone will reach an older age. That might not seem like it when you’re a teenager or early adult busy counting your “likes” on social media. But it becomes clearer when you travel through the various ups and downs in life and learn how to understand the opportunity to keep living and experiencing life.
Besides, it’s not like you’re nothing more than a giant piece of peach with arms and legs and you go bad after a while. Aging brings experience, perspective, insight and wisdom. And that content in itself should have a different level of appeal. Ultimately, looks are subjective. What is considered attractive is really based on what you are exposed to on a daily basis in movies, television, social media and advertising. In other words, your value in appearance and life may depend heavily on the filters other people provide you with.