I was just reading a new study that show why some online dating profile pictures work and some don’t. This study makes total sense when you think about it; what men and women like in a profile photo are very different.
This study discovered women like photos of men who show pride and confidence. Pride and confidence will make you seem more masculine. I am not talking about a picture of you with your shirt off and flexing your muscles or in the bathroom mirror -in our experience these will actually decrease your chances of successfully dating online. Guys, I am talking about photo of you dressed nicely, smiling, and looking directly into the camera. Setting is important too: we’ve noticed women seem to prefer photos of men taken outdoors.
Don’t be afraid to ask a friend for help taking pictures. While men don’t seem to mind selfies on a woman’s profile, women tend to see men posting selfies in a dating profile as being vain.
Ladies! Men, on the other hand, preferred photos of women who looked “happy and approachable”. Be sure to smile! Several studies have shown that the left side of the face is more expressive- so show your left side when taking photos.
Consensus here at CB is that you want to dress a little on the conservative side as photos that are too provocative can lead to the wrong kind of attention. Wear some bright colors and outfits that highlight your natural features.
Don’t put pictures of yourself with your exes or children in profile pictures. These are important details (if you’ve been divorced, if you have children) but your profile should be about YOU. Share this information on your personal ad; you can and should be upfront about having kids or being previously married.
Guys AND Gals-this is the most important part.
Put on a current picture. Once you meet someone online it will be a short time before you’re video chatting and it will be hard to explain if you look differently from your profile photo. Always keep your photos and profile real and remember the right person will come along and accept you for who you are. Meeting online and having long distance relationships can work.
PS- It’s quick and easy to upload some great photos on Cherry Blossoms. Do it today! If you’re having issues uploading your pictures, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will help you get them posted.