Turn to the left and smile? Sunglasses on, or off? Cleavage or cover up?
What are the best photos for your Irresistible online dating profile to capture his digital eye?
Finding the right photos for your online dating profile can be tough. Ladies, if you’ve ever wondered which photos are the best ones to put on your online dating profile, the guys have spoken up to state their faves.
In a recent online dating experiment by DatingFound, 3,570 single men were asked to rate the attractiveness of women’s Internet dating profiles, by rating their profile photos on a scale of 1 to 10.
Here’s how the photos ranked in popularity.
Almost half of the men in the survey (41% ) said they liked to see a woman showing some flesh in her online dating profile. Women showing off cleavage by wearing low-cut tops and dresses in their profile pictures scored high for younger women. For those more mature in age, guys preferred to see a more conservative look, keeping a little mystery alive.
Even though pictures showing more skin result in more messages from digital crushes, you don’t want to look as though that’s the only thing you have to offer. Remember – no bikini shots!
Happy Girls are a Complete Turn On
This survey found that 39% of men like the look of a woman who smiles in her profile pics.
Smiles can turn strangers into soulmates, so make sure you look happy in your profile photos. Happiness creates trust and approach-oriented behaviors in single men and increases your attractiveness.
Remember to flirt! A smiling profile picture is perfect because it appears as if you’re smiling at the viewer and men will respond enthusiastically.
Don’t Just Use Your Head Shots
Professional head shots look great in an online dating profile, but 11% of men like when a woman shows something they love. Appeal to men by putting your personality on display and show your fun side.
Take pictures that show your lifestyle. A shot of you reading a book, playing a guitar, cooking, golfing, yoga, or doing an activity you do regularly appeals to men.
Show Off Your Best (Left) Side
It’s been proven that we show more emotion from the left side of our face, and showing our left side in photos can create deeper resonance in those who view them.
Nine percent of men liked it when a woman showed her left side in photos. Left-side photos are also more pleasing to the eye as they change up the viewing angle from a straight-on view.
P.S. This goes both ways, as women also liked viewing photos of men with their left side.
Which Photo Should You Show First?
You should have one of each of these photos on your profile to get the most possible messages from your matches.
- Start with a photo of you showing off a little skin to capture attention.
- Can you say cheese? Post smiling happy photos (both close up and full body).
- Fun photos with activities that you’re passionate about.
- Left side poses.
Which Photos Should You Never Use?
- Avoid sunglasses as it could appear that you’re hiding something. Let him see your sparkling eyes.
- Avoid group photos with your friends. Don’t confuse a guy by making him wonder who he will be meeting on the date.
- Ditch the selfies. Need we say more? You just don’t look your best and it sends the message that it’s all about you.
- Keep your pets out of your primary photo shot. Most of us love puppies and pets, but posting your first photo with your four-legged friend sends the message that your puppy sleeps in bed with you. Where’s the room for your new beau?
The full DatingFound infographic can be found here.
Julie Spira is an online dating expert and author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. For more dating advice follow @JulieSpira on Twitter, sign up for our Weekly Flirt and like us at Facebook.com/CyberDatingExpert.
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