Most singles these days are already trying their luck of finding the perfect partner not only through the traditional meet and greet or being introduced by mutual acquaintances but also through a much easier way – signing up in online dating sites. Although creating an interesting profile and waiting for responses sounds pretty easy, it’s rather the opposite when you’ve already put yourself out there. The hardest part would probably be choosing the right profile photo to represent yourself in that online world full of hopeful bachelors and bachelorettes. Would you rather smile or do the pout? How much skin should you show? Here are the most effective profile pictures that are proven and tested to be big hits in the world of online dating.
Flirt with the camera
Men and women have different approaches to the camera. A study conducted by okcupid.com shows that women smile more in their profile pictures than men. Indeed, we always feel obliged to smile when someone takes a shot of us, but for online dating sites, it does not seem to work that way. A woman actually gets the most messages by posting a picture of her directly flirts into the camera. Of course, you should always assume that you are also posed for the person looking at your picture. With that, flirting away from the camera happens to be the single worst behavior a woman should show in her profile.
For men, however, their most effective photos are the ones when they are looking away from the camera and not smiling. Perhaps women like trying to figure out what their men prospects are thinking and what their personalities are. And while the girls are at it, flirting away from the camera is a no-no for the guys, as well.
The Myspace shot still lives
The infamous Myspace shot is done by holding your camera way above your head and acting all coy. These kinds of pictures might seem to us as the least effective, not to mention the weirdest-looking; the data will prove us all wrong. The Myspace shot appears to be the single most effective photo, in terms of getting new messages, for women in online dating sites. And it’s not only because it provides a better angle for taunting with that cleavage, because the studies have also shown that there is no difference in the number of responses among women showing their bodacious rocks and those who don’t.
A seemingly appropriate male prototype of the Myspace shot would be the “Ab shot”, where men show off their chiseled ABS in photos. Most of us may find this shot as ridiculous as its female prototype; however, we are proven wrong once again. This type of shot comes second in the most popular photos for men (succeeding “with an animal” photos). Of course, it should be a given that this shot be highly-recommended only to those who have the ABS worth showing. While men who take their shirts off are preferred by women more than those with normal clothes, it’s still good to know when to just keep your shirt on.
Do something interesting
It may not be as surprisingly popular as the Myspace shot, showing off a picture of you doing something interesting actually has the largest chance of a message to lead into an actual conversation. While you are hitting the drums in your photo, someone would most probably ask something like, “so you’re some kind of a rock star?” which might lead into a more relevant conversation. Sure, posting something really sexy could add you a couple of contacts, but a picture of you doing something out of the ordinary gives the guys a hint to the type of personality you have and will even add your worthwhile messages in your Inbox.
Moreover, if by any chance the picture of you doing something interesting does not show your face off, you need not worry about getting only a few messages off it. The studies show that whether or not the photo is showing the person’s face, it doesn’t really affect the number of messages you get at all. In fact, not showing your face may even catch someone’s attention as long as you make your photo mysterious enough to start a conversation.
Dating sites have surely given men and women a ray of hope in finding their perfect match. With the right amount of sexy and fun in your profile, paired with a fairly captivating profile picture, you will surely get your fair share of those much-awaited messages.