- by Gitabushi
I’m beginning to think one of the problems in human society is we don’t know how to read facial expressions.
One fun fact is that facial expressions are cultural. I can sometimes tell whether a Chinese person was raised in the US or in China simply by what their resting face is. One aspect to guys with “yellow fever”is, I’m convinced, that they mis-read Chinese (or Asian) facial expressions: when the Chinese person is expressing shyness or discomfort, the American guy sees flirtation, or at least attraction.
But getting back to expressions. Let’s do an experiment. Try not to look at meta text (if any) Bonus points if you provide a sentence that helps clarify what their thoughts/emotions are (in your opinion):
- What emotion is this man feeling?
2. What emotion is this woman feeling?
3. Are these people laughing or crying? What other possibilities are there?
4. Similar to number 1, I think. What do you think? Is she feeling the same as the first guy? If not, what?
Which of these girls are Asian? Can you name all three?
Finally, I think my thesis is confirmed. I put the first picture up on twitter, and while everyone agreed it was a negative expression, the specific emotion the guy was feeling varied widely. Check it out: