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Trendy new beauty test sweeps social media

Does 'The Finger Trap' Really Test Beauty

Time to time everyone has questioned whether or not they are good looking, and now there is an easy test to find out. All you'll need is your finger. According to the test, if you can place your index finger against your nose and chin and your lips touch your finger, you're beautiful. It's called "The Finger Trap."

The new beauty test started on Weibo, China's equivalent to Facebook, and it started going viral almost immediately. And the test isn't just a fad, it's science. The test is loosely based on the 3.1 ratio for beauty that dates back to Da Vinci, which plastic surgeons use to create the perfect profile.

But besides that, the finger trap is completely off-base. According to that rationale, Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba wouldn't be considered beautiful.

Yahoo Shine spoke with a psychotherapist who said the test can actually do some damage. She said, "These types of online beauty 'checks' can be harmful because it's a quick fix for a larger problem. If you don't feel beautiful, holding your finger to your lips won't help because building true self-esteem takes time and effort."

Just like with the "thigh gap," there is really no way to measure beauty.

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Robertawis May 03 2014 at 3:31 PM

This article contains the same false logic that often used in modern journalism. The test shows beauty. It doesn't reveal non-beauty. Therefore if someone doesn't pass "The Finger Trap", it makes no comment on beauty or not. I hope the writer improves their grasp of logic

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tmccull52 May 03 2014 at 10:45 AM

Hold on here. If instead of laying your finger AGAINST your nose during the Finger Trap, what if you actually stuck your finger IN your nose instead? Then everyone would be beautiful because your lips would touch your finger. Problem solved! My Nobel Peace Prize, please.

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Gorgeous one tmccull52 May 03 2014 at 10:48 AM


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rademps tmccull52 May 03 2014 at 11:14 AM

You have my vote. Problem solved, right!

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Carol May 03 2014 at 1:00 PM

What if you meet the criteria but you have a short index finger? LOL

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irishroyal317 May 03 2014 at 11:37 AM

True beauty is a loving heart and a generous soul. If the package is empty or filled with garbage, who cares what the wrapping looks like? Physical features have nothing to do with real beauty.

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n3mpw irishroyal317 May 03 2014 at 11:46 AM

Amen sister!

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tmccull52 May 03 2014 at 11:44 AM

Unfortunately, my lips do not touch my finger when I perform the Finger Trap. However, I can lick my own eyebrows. Does that count?

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n3mpw May 03 2014 at 11:45 AM

This is truly one pitiful, idiotic, thing to do.
Ok we know so many peeps out there are so superficial, and can't see beyond the skin, (like whats the person is like on the inside. Are they good, evil).
To me the most beautiful people in the world can be hideous, if they are sour on the inside.
So this stupid little test does nothing but upset those with a lower self esteem. The mirror does have 2 faces.

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Mike May 03 2014 at 11:46 AM

No wonder I keep getting hit on while picking my nose.

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bbghom May 03 2014 at 12:09 PM

Hadn't heard of the 'thigh test', where exactly do you put your finger for that one?

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sutt202 May 03 2014 at 12:11 PM

Angeline Jolie is a dog, period. It has nothing to do with the finger test. But a lot to do with make-up and plastic surgery.

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codovanm May 03 2014 at 12:23 PM

Beauty is in the EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. Period.......

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