Science Finds Resting Bitch Face Is Real — And Men Can Have It, Too

Science has confirmed that resting bitch face is real, and that it happens in men as often as women.

Resting bitch face, also known as RBF or bitchy resting face, gained attention in 2013 after a Funny or Die video done in the form of a PSA went viral.

But RBF is more than just an Internet meme. It’s a certain look that many people recognize, a look the researchers behind the new study say can “make us second guess our every decision when it’s pointed in our direction.”

Some celebrities have been quite open about their struggles with RBF.

“When somebody takes a photo and I’m in the background of it, and I look at it I do think, ‘Oh my God what’s wrong with me?’” actress Anna Kendrick said last year on “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”

So what is it about certain faces?

Behavioral researchers Jason Rogers and Abbe Macbeth of Noldus Information Technology used the company’s FaceReader program to examine both faces with RBF and those without it to see if differences could be identified.

The study was published on the company’s blog in October, but flew under the radar until the Washington Post reported on it this week.

“We wanted this to be fun and kind of tongue-in-cheek, but also to have legitimate scientific data backing it up,” Macbeth told the newspaper.

FaceReader uses 500 points on the face to analyze expressions and detect the signs of various emotions — including ones that may not be obvious — and it honed in on one that seems far more present in people with RBF: contempt.

The typical facial expression is mostly neutral with just 3 percent of different emotions hidden in it, including just a drop of contempt. In —> Read More