My baby has my green-gray eyes and her father’s curls. Little Katy Perry is truly a gift of our love, or rather the photo morphing tool that we used to create her image and then post it on Facebook. Needless to say, my husband and I have some explaining to do to our friends.
This morning I discovered one of those “what will your baby look like?” photo generators on the parenting site The Bump, a sibling of The Knot.
Curious, I plugged in a couple pictures of my spouse and me. The results were surprisingly dead-on, so I sent the best one to my husband Perry in an email. Naturally, he wondered which pictures I had used and also wanted to see the “rejected” babies that didn’t make the cut. I sent him the link so he could make a brother for Katy.
Minutes later, Perry posted a link to a picture of Katy’s new fraternal twin to Facebook. “Devon and I are proud parents!” he wrote.
Despite being twins and only minutes old, Katy and her brother appeared to be between the ages of six months and three years. If anyone had followed the link he shared (the picture didn’t show up in the feed), they would have seen that the baby in the picture was not our real child.
But this is Facebook we’re talking about. Many of our friends simply liked the post and congratulated us on the new addition to our family.
Meanwhile, the picture I had posted of Katy Perry on my wall (with a less misleading headline) wasn’t doing any better. “She’ll be impossible to google properly!” Perry complained in the comments.
Our friends ignored our jests with gentle nudging about the miracle of birth, even after we told them that we weren’t actually new parents. “Please make this baby,” one friend wrote.
Another friend who had tried the tool herself to compare the results to her actual children told us that her fake babies looked just like ours. “So you two will actually have to do it to find out,” she wrote.
In the end, making an internet baby was fast, free, and generated just as many likes as a real one, but we couldn’t lie to our real friends for long. And when you’re all grown up and married, having a baby isn’t such a joke.
Did we learn a valuable lesson about honesty in the Digital Age?
No, we did not.
“I feel that, if this ‘bump’ website’s link actually displayed the picture of the babymorph, we could’ve avoided all this confusion,” Perry wrote. “Damn you, technology!”