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Lose your self-esteem or pump up your ego.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Found in chat room and in personal essays.




Found in chat room and in personal essays.


Found in chat room and in personal essays.


Ads on every page.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Found in chat room and in personal essays.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site is famous among teenagers; lots of teens use it and sites similar to it. Young kids should steer clear. There's no guarantee anyone is really who they say they are.

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What's it about?

Teens who look or are 18 and over can upload their photos to this site and then ask the world at large to rate them on a 1-10 point "Am I hot or not?" scale. Then users can log back in later to see their scores and get either an ego boost or a body slam. All your friends and enemies can see your ratings. People looking to meet other lonely hearts can also search for pictures by location or keyword. So if one wants straight 18-year-old boys in Denver who like ska, they can be found. Click "yes" to send an "I'd like to meet you" request and see if the other party is interested. There's also a chat feature and a "multiplaya" element called the Café, which you can "play" with friends or strangers. You'll see screen names of other participants and observe how they rated each picture.

Is it any good?


Kids should stay away from this site. There are plenty of raunchy comments about photos, and of course setting up meetings is extremely dangerous because there's no guarantee that people are who they say they are. The site does try to cull out porn as well as photos of celebrities and photos of people with guns and other similar props. Each submission goes through a panel of volunteer moderators who try to keep the site true to its mission.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the ethics (or lack thereof) involved when using a site like this. What do you think about people who slam others just because they think they're unattractive? Is it okay to criticize someone so harshly just based on looks?

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


This is the worst website ever created! Girls of any age can go online and post their picture. Then boys will log on rate them on a scale of 1-10 how "hot" they are. It makes girls feel bad about themselves if they're not a perfect ten, and it also gives girls who are a perfect ten a reason to make fun of other girls who didn't get as a high score as them. This website is absolutely awful. Don't go to it!!!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byF-Zero studios September 8, 2010

what this is just plain dumb

this is just plain nuts too
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Teen, 13 years old Written byNikkiNeonRocker May 4, 2013

What even is the point?

Who are random people to decide if you are hot or not? You are beautiful kthanksbye
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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