Five Secrets of the Ideal Profile Picture

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Several years ago, the Netherlands neuroscientists analyzed millions of profile pictures of different men and women seeking love online and created a recipe for the ideal dating photo. They made a Tinder replica and asked 30 participants of the experiments to spend several days swiping right or left.

This experiment revealed five main parameters, a profile picture on a dating site should satisfy to attract the opposite gender. To learn more about them, continue reading.

High degree of contrast

Contrast is the level of difference between dark and light parts of the image. Images with a high degree of contrast catch the eyes of dating site members. Most of them find such images more qualitative and attractive.

No sunglasses

Nobody likes viewing photos of men wearing sunglasses. People need to see your eyes to understand whether or not you are of their type. So hiding your eyes behind sunglasses is the worst online dating strategy. Be brave to show your face to women and make sure that nothing prevents strong eye contact.

Low noise

Noise means the number of distracting elements in the picture. The rule is simple – the smaller, the better. Make sure you are the main element of your profile picture. If something in your picture distracting attention from you, pick another photo for your dating site profile.

Only you

Make sure that you are the only person in the frame. The rule is simple: dogs, cats, even snakes are allowed, other women and men are forbidden. Girls don’t want to waste their time trying to understand which guy in the group photo is you.

Close up

Close up photos get more swipes right. Choose a headshot or crop your image in on the upper part of your body.

As you see, people like clear and informative pictures. The fewer cognitive workload requires your picture, the better. Upload a simple close up image of you with a high level of contrast without any distracting elements and facial obstructions and see what happens!

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This site is a free online resource aimed to be helpful in comparing and choosing the proper dating service. It cannot and does not provide information about every dating site or dating site offer available.

The operator of this site receives advertising compensation in various forms from companies that provide the services appearing on the site. Such compensation influences the location and order in which the products or services are presented, as well as their rating.

At the same time, please note that the compensation received is not the only factor that impacts the content, topics or posts on the site. Our ratings, opinions or findings are based on the analysis of various criteria that also include brand market share, reputation, conversion rates and general consumer interest.

In addition, the site also contains various advertising materials, including but not limited to banners, video-materials, pop-ups, etc. The texts here are written in an artistic manner and may contain wording exaggerations.