It is no surprise that social media enables us to rate almost anything nowadays, which mostly serves for the good of the people. Do you wonder how hospitable the owner of that cool house you saw on Airbnb is? Check its rate. Do you want to know if the picture of that delicious-looking hamburger matches its taste? Check its rate.
You may find hundreds of examples on Sam Wilmot's Instagram account called “Rate This Bench.” He dived into the craziness of rating benches when he was on his master studies at Swansea University a year ago.
“It started as a joke with friends,” he told CNN. “We were out one day at university, and I started commenting on the benches we see. And we thought, that would be a quirky idea for an Instagram page. Then it started to be quite in-depth.”
"Why rate benches?", you might think. The real question is, why not?
Most apps are created to rate lots of things in a professional manner to offer solid data to users, hence Wilmot has some principles while rating but he clearly doesn't aim to offer anything to anyone. He just enjoys what does, it seems.
“I really break it down into 10 marks,” he explains. “Three marks for the view and location. Marks for being wooden.”
“If there’s curvature to the seat, something that offers some way to relieve pressure on your bum, that’s good. Or a concrete base to stop your shoes from getting dirty.”
Obviously, Sam is not alone in this. His biggest supporter appears to be his girlfriend as she takes most of the photos. Others are captured by friends and family members, CNN reports.
There are other qualifications that make a bench move one step forward such as backrests and armrests. However, no bench has actually made it to 10/10. Hence Sam appears quite picky in that sense.