In today’s society, online dating websites and apps have become extremely common. When you’re creating a dating profile, the hardest decisions is how want you to represent yourself. One of the biggest parts of this is choosing the perfect photo.
Although it may sound vain, appearance is an important part of online dating. The way you present your photos can have a huge effective on the number of people you’re matching with as well as your number of profile views.
The relationship app Hinge recently released the results of a study they conducted in order to pinpoint what “type” of profile picture is typically the most successful in the world of online dating. Hinge spokeswoman, Jean Marie McGrath says, “Since Hinge profiles are designed to show off our members’ personalities, we want to help them put their best foot forward with their photos. Now we can tell them which photos they should share and which they should probably keep to themselves.”
The results showed that factors such as using Snapchat filters, including other people in your photo, or even wearing sunglasses were all shown to be things you want to stay away from when choosing your photo. In addition, awkward angles, intense scenery, and hazy filters were all shown to have a negative impact on your number of potential matches.
The study found that the best ways to represent yourself through a photo are showing a smile, enjoying a night out, and participating in a sport.
For women, having a photo with your hair out of your face makes you 27% more likely to get a likely. Smiling makes you 76% more likely, and standing alone makes you 69% more likely. Interestingly, the study also found that photos of women looking away were 74% more likely to get a like.
For men, your best bet is to look straight into the camera. This makes you 102% more likely to receive a like! Pictures of men smiling without teeth were more likely to receive likes as well. For both sexes, candid photos and black and white photos both proved to be more effective.
You’ll want to stay away from using a photo of yourself at the beach. This goes for both men and women. Also, stay far away from bathroom selfies! They make your photo 90% less likely to receive any likes.
So if you’re having trouble deciding which photo to choose, follow the guidelines above and you should be good to go! Have fun!