You Can Buy a “Smart Mirror” That Points Out Your Flaws - But Why Would You Want To?
By Kaitlin Irwin--Are you looking for yet another reminder that you’re not good enough? The HiMirror is primed and ready to go for you. For only $189, you can get daily critiques of your red spots, fine lines, and other skin blemishes.
The HiMirror comes with a 14-inch LCD screen to zero in on these rough patches and snap photographic evidence of the transgressions. The mirror’s technology is even integrated with the iOS and Android apps, so you won’t be able to escape the cold hard truth.
But wait, there’s more! There is also a “smart scale” available, which displays your body weight and fat percentage. The scale will even send that information to the HiMirror so they can be in cahoots together against you, your sanity, and your self-love.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a parody; the HiMirror is an actual product.
I realize that we’re living in the “smart” digital age, but I personally think the HiMirror is not something we, as a society, need. We’re already bombarded with TV commercials, billboards, flash ads, and other forms of marketing that tell us to do better, look better, and essentially, be better. Every season there’s yet another product aimed at “helping” us to stop being so lazy and to finally achieve that ideal self.
Well, here’s what I say. HiMirror? Bye, Mirror!
Look, I know that taking care of my skin is important, and I make it a healthy habit to keep my face clean and to protect it from the elements. Yet the way I see it, having a mirror tell me repeatedly that I have unsightly freckles and splotches is not something I see being beneficial to my well-being. I’m looking to reduce my stress, not increase it! In fact, I don’t know anyone who would willingly invite another critic into their day-to-day life.
Seen from a different perspective, the HiMirror could just be a new piece of technology that is looking to improve the health of your skin. It does have the potential to be an intriguing product. However, the superficial basis of the HiMirror causes me to believe it will bring more harm than good.
Okay, so what do we do instead? I don’t want to bash the HiMirror without offering an alternative. How about teaching young girls (and boys) how to take care of their skin from a young age? There’s no need to demonize zits and blemishes; rather kids should learn that acne is something that everyone deals with at some point -- even adults. Parents should practice self-care with their kids and encourage them to take pride in who they are, not just what they look like. After all, neither a mirror nor a scale can show us our real, complete value.