You can’t always trust what you see on social media. Platforms like Instagram let users curate their lives to show only the best moments. Social media “influencers” gain thousands (even millions!) of followers by presenting unrealistically perfect versions of themselves. Sadly, their image of perfection sells. It draws others in powerfully—and sets standards that in turn may lead those followers to consider their own lives less: less valuable, less blessed, less capable of providing contentment.
But what if some of those influencers were literally fake? That’s already the case on South Korean social media.
Say annyeong (Korean for “Hello!”) to Rozy. Since 2020, Rozy has gained over 142,000 Instagram followers. She models clothing, posts travel photos, and even releases pop songs. Brands pay thousands of dollars for her to promote their products.
Also, she’s a completely computer-generated animation, created and owned by Sidus Studio X. She’s just one among a growing crowd of virtual influencers.
For years, Hollywood has used CGI (computer generated imagery) to bring fantasy to lifelike existence. But now companies like Sidus Studio X are looking beyond the big screen. Their digital creations blur the line between fiction and reality.
Rozy interacts on social media like a real person. Sometimes, the studio superimposes her face onto a living model’s form to advertise real-world clothes. Through artificial intelligence, Rozy even comments back and forth with her fans.
To big brands, it doesn’t matter that Rozy isn’t real. In fact, it’s all the better. She never ages, so she’ll always look the same: young, fresh, flawless. Her marketing contracts can continue as long as companies wish. Not to mention, she’ll never cause scandals like real-life celebrities.
Most importantly, Rozy’s thousands of followers really do exist. And they’re ready to mimic their virtual idol.
But that’s also the danger. Human influencers already set unattainable standards of beauty, fashion, experiences, and wealth. Some even use digital image manipulation to make themselves impossibly blemish-free and fit. For their followers, envy and despair come easily. How can anyone’s everyday cold-catching, pimple-sprouting, car-breaking-down, going-to-school-or-work-every-day life measure up against the polished and idealized lives they see on Instagram? And when the influencers are computer-generated for perfection, like Rozy? Multiply that problem by a thousand, or more!
When used for good, social media can help real people connect. But social media can also tempt its users away from reality—even the great reality that every human, in every package, is a unique image bearer of the infinite and personal Creator God.
Virtual influencers like Rozy make for a fascinating display of modern technology. But what happens when people start thinking of these digital creations as real friends—as some of Rozy’s followers already do? Humans are easily drawn to imitate those they admire. But when the object of one’s admiration is not only an unattainable ideal, but even a counterfeit, what good can come of that adoration?
The Apostle Paul directed the Philippians to imitate him, as he was an imitator of Christ. (Philippians 3:17) He warned of chasing after things that are passing away, including wealth and beauty, as do many of the Proverbs. It is wise to fix our eyes not on a virtual celebrity, but on the Christ, who imputes to His followers His perfection.
Virtual heroes will never let you down. But will they ever really build you up? That’s a task meant for real people, with all their efforts, flaws, failures, and achievements, to do for one another.
Encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. — 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Why? Today’s digital animation can produce incredibly realistic things—but those same things can set unrealistic standards that lead to despair.
This is wyn /1st comment!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't do social media stuff but this is still very creepy!!!
I don't do social media ether but man that gives me the creeps I totally get you.
This is NOT healthy. I am not on any social medial either. It's pretty creepy that you can ask an animated character for advice!
Don't do social media either
In the last picture, she (or
In the last picture, she (or it?) looks a little fake.
yep this is definitely weird.
yep this is definitely weird.
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I MEAN HOW!!! IT"S SO REALISTIC!!!
I don't do social media but
I don't do social media but that is totally creepy
This is Mylee
eww this makes me trust no one.
This is Katie
That is really creepy
this is London
CREEPY!!!!!And she looks so realistic too I would think she was a human.I have social media but its a private account and follow mostly people i know.
Wow. This actually is pretty crazy. I'm not entirely surprised though, things like this are happening in the U.S. as well. I recently heard of two seperate incident that are just as creepy.
1) It was a live interview between two people. The only problem. Those people were dead. They took thousands upon thousands of videos and dialogue from two people who passed away and pieced it together to form conversations. The computer learned as it developed. It started out and was entirely robotic. You could tell it was pieced together. Then, as the interview progressed the computer "learned' and by the end it was able to make up entire conversations almost perfectly. I couldn't even tell it was a computer!
2) Someone was actually fired from Google for releasing this information. They developed a computer so smart that it "learned" how to talk. The employee spent hours every day having 'conversations' with it. (I think it was more like messaging than speaking though) Anyways, It got to the point where the computer got smart enough to, entirely on its own, ask for Google to release it and to have rights like a person. That is just weird.
Technology has gotten so advanced it's actually scary sometimes!
I don't do social media either, and this is just one of the many reasons. I agree with y'all, this is very creepy.
This is crazy.
This is crazy.
If we band together and share whats real, holy, and good on social media, we can change the world!!!
I dont use social media either but I can think of some great ways to use it for good!!!
That's just weird.
That's just weird.
if you look closely on her lips you can see pixels
that is soooo creepy