I'm ashamed to be writing this because I have to admit that I knew what this app was before downloading it. Hot or Not is a website where people post pictures of themselves and others rate their appearance. It's a secret time-killing vice for millions of office workers and students around the globe.
I must confess, I spent some time on that site in my cubicle days. But I generally did my best to regulate the self-image of those portrayed. (Seriously, who do I think I am?) Some are modest, normal people who are looking for love or a post-relationship pick-me-up. Many are lonely and feeling a bit insecure. A good chunk pout, pose, flex, and sneer their wankstah way to the top of my scat list. This last type have more than their fair share of confidence, and I think the excess should be given to those in need.
The homely bookworm with a warm smile and a glint in her eye gets a ten. The bleached, silicone blond that glitters with the gifts that shallow, rich suckers have bestowed upon her gets a one. I know, it's reverse looks-ism. I won't get into the "reverse-ism" thing: isms are isms, and I'm guilty. But as I see it, I am the Robin Hood of Hot or Not.
The software works well, and is appropriately arranged for portrait mode. Landscape allows you to rate with the keyboard, rather than the touchscreen. You can set the app to display a certain gender and age range, or you can just check everyone out. So give it a go and shorten your bus ride. But remember: the nines are feeling pretty good about themselves already, the twos... maybe not so much.