You're on Tinder or Bumble trying to score a new bae, but you feel like you could be getting so many more matches. What's the deal? You're attractive, have confidence, and def ready to mingle. You know you've got the goods, but the swipes just aren't adding up.
A new study found that having friends help you choose the pictures you use on your dating profile might actually help score you some more dates.
The study, which came out of UNSW Sydney, had 102 students choose two photos (out of twelve) that they thought were the best for their dating profile. The photos chosen were shown to strangers, and it was concluded that the photos the students had picked were actually not the most "attractive" photos out of the twelve they could have chosen from.
Meaning, we actually suck at making decisions about what photos to put out there on IG, FB, Tinder, and even LinkedIn. While the study did prove that people tend to make poor choices about what photos they find the most flattering for dating sites, they also found that people struggle to choose the ones that might land them a job.
The lead author of the study, Dr. David White said,
"Our findings suggest that people make poor choices when selecting flattering images of themselves for online profile pictures, which affects other people's perception of them. This effect is likely to have a substantial impact on online interactions, the impressions people form and the decisions they base on them, including whether to employ, date, befriend or even vote for someone."
Why would having to choose a photo mean so much, though? It has always been said that beauty is skin deep and more should be taken into consideration when making assumptions about someone's character. However, in the digital age, where the most common place to meet potential partners is online and our social media presence sometimes determines if we have a job or not, photos really are worth a thousand words.
White also said,
"Previous work has shown that people make inferences about an individual's character and personality within a split second of seeing a photograph of their face, so our results have clear practical implications; if you want to put your best face forward, it makes sense to ask someone else to choose your picture."
So if you're trying to put together a kick-ass dating profile, it's best to ask for help from your BFF. He or she is the one who really knows your best angle.
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