Photos with tattoos and eyeglasses were among the lowest rated for women and hat wearers were among the lowest rated photos for men.While online daters think their photos are relatively accurate, independent judges rated one third of online dating photos as inaccurate, according to research carried out by Catalina Toma, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Just make sure you’re the focus of the photo so that you’re easy to identify. While a selfie should never be used on a professional website, a playful selfie when included with other photos can say you’re approachable and don’t take yourself too seriously.
According to Match “If the photos support what you’ve written about yourself (i.e., you mention you like soccer and then show a photo of yourself racing down a field after the ball), it can make you even more intriguing to potential dates.” A key to this photo is that there is only one.
Sure, you might like paddle boarding in summer, rock climbing in fall, and skiing in winter, but if you load your profile with all three, your intended audience might think you’re too busy doing activities to have time for them.
Pick one and then change it up to match the season.
Be sure that the photo shows you close up enough to identify; you’re trying to show off your own natural good looks, not the beautiful scenery. Known as the “Cheerleader Effect,” the research shows people are rated as better looking when in a group rather than alone.