It is not only the giraffe riddle that is trending, in YouTube, videos like this one which has more than 1.5 million hits are being posted by thousands of young girls all over the world.
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Reports said that there are 500,000 similar videos in YouTube of young girls in the age range 9 to 14 seeking confirmation of their physical attractiveness by asking if they are pretty or ugly. These questions reflect the insecurity of many young females during their teen years.
Some pretend they can take the bad news and say, "I mean, you can tell me the complete truth." Most of them said their parents call them pretty, but boys had the opposite opinion. One girl tartly said, "but I don't care because they're boys."
Experts said these videos reflect the global culture obsessed with youthfulness and this superficial associated with young age. While the preoccupation with physical beauty is as old as Cleopatra, the excessive focus on it is being partly blamed on the Internet and the current perception of what beauty is, no doubt enhanced by cosmetic surgery as well as Photoshopped images in glossy magazines.
What's worse is that the videos elicit some response, with some of them mean ones such as suggesting that the girls hurt themselves. What experts find alarming is the need by these girls to get affirmation about their beauty from complete strangers who know nothing about them.
Here are more of those videos, particularly the ones with high hits.
YouTube/Jaltoid - 1.9 million hits
YouTube/SmileLoveBeauty 8 - 505,000 hits
YouTube/wickedlemons1 - 360,000 hits
YouTube/BREEessrig - 220,000 hits
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