There’s Now Scientific Proof Backing Up Resting Bitch Face!
We now have scientific proof “resting bitch face” is a real thing. In case you didn’t know, resting bitch face or RBF, is when the noticeable physical aspects of your face give off a vibe which says “don’t talk to me.”
It’s basically the expression some women wear while out in public and then sometimes an annoying man says, “Smile.”
Behavioral researchers with international research and innovation firm Noldus Information Technology, Jason Rogers and Abbe Macbeth, used a machine called a Noldus’s FaceReader, to figure out what makes people have resting bitch face.
More than 10, 000 faces were looked at by the machine and 500 points were mapped out for each one. An expression was assigned based on emotions associated with the points such as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, disgust, contempt and neutral.
Neutral was the most common phrase matched with expressionless faces. When the faces of celebrities who are known to have resting bitch face such as Kanye West, Kristen Stewart, Queen Elizabeth were tested, the level of emotion on their faces jumped from the average of 3 percent to 6 percent.
“The big change in percentage came from ‘contempt,'” said Macbeth to the Washington Post.
Rogers said the machine was picking up on slight signals such as “one side of the lip pulled back slightly, the eyes squinting a little. It’s kind of a tightening around the eyes, and a little bit of raising of the corners of the lips — but not into a smile.”
The FaceReader also showed resting bitch face occurs in both men and women equally.