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Posted on Fri, May 31, 2013 08:54

Christian Rudder, did an interesting piece of research on profile pictures.  Using 7,000 photographs on OKCupid.  He assessed the photos and the amount of messages they received. In doing so, he looked at 3 areas:


Facial Attitude. Is the person smiling? Staring straight ahead? Doing that flirty lip-pursing thing?


Photo Context. Is there alcohol? Is there a pet? Is the photo outdoors? Is it in a bedroom?


Skin. How much skin is the person showing? How much face? How much breasts? How much ripped abs?


He found the following:


Facial Attitude


1.  Women smile 50% more than men do in profile photos.


2. Women are 4 times more likely to try and be flirtatious in their photos.


3.  A woman being flirtatious while looking directly into the camera with a smile received more messages from men than any others in this category.


4. Not making eye contact with a flirty face was the worst thing a woman could do and resulted in the fewest contacts.


5. Men who look away and DON'T smile actually had the most positive effect. The author states it gives a little "mystery" to the man.


6. Men who make eye contact with a flirtatious smile received only average responses.


7. A man who flirts away from the camera, smiling, was the worst thing to do resulting in fewer return messages.


Photo Context


1.  For women, the "My Space" photo where the shot is made from above the head (e.g., hold the camera above you and look up to the camera) was the best  shot a woman could make irrespective of cleavage showing or not.


2. For women, a photo of them in bed was the second best shot.


3. For women, doing something interesting, drinking alcohol and posing with animals was the worst thing they could do.


4. For men, the best photo is one with an animal.


5. Men doing something interesting was the 3rd best photo.




1. For women, the cleavage shot is a winner.  When young, showing ample cleavage garners a 45% improvement in contacts over those who do not.  As a woman gets older, it actually IMPROVES their chances to 79% above average. As the author states, " the older the woman, the relatively more successful she is showing off her body."


2. For men, the shirtless abs shots (2nd best photo) works EXCEPT only if you are 30 and under.  After that it begins to have a NEGATIVE effect.


Source: Christian Rudder. (2010).  The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures. OK Trends.

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Posted on Sat, Jun 01, 2013 03:46

If I have to show cleavage to land a man then fuh-getabout it.


My pet peeve with men's photos is as follows:


Sun glasses- What is he hiding?


Photos with other women-shows me he is insecure "Look everyone how popular I am with the ladies", which tells me he's a player or a cheater.


NO SMILE- tells me he is angry or unhappy with his life


The background of the photo is a messy room. tells me he is not very clean.


This is just my perception. Sorry if it seems harsh.



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Posted on Fri, May 31, 2013 18:58

Hoping, your point is well taken.  I have no argument.  This is just research... not even mine.  I think the point of the research is those that got more messages had these particular profiles.  Any judgment of if it is right or wrong is up to each individual.

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Posted on Fri, May 31, 2013 15:56



MOST of these findings are contengent upon WHAT TYPE OF MAN / WOMAN a person is "trying" to attract and what type of relationship they are seeking.


If a woman does NOT wish to attract a large portion of sex fiends, booty calls or men who are NOT interested in a genuine relationship, she should limit the amount of cleavage shots she shows and display more of her personality and interests in her photos. Sure, she may get 100 more hits and 30 more emails showing lots of cleavage, BUT... at what cost? More men she doesn't seek in her inbox to weed out who will approach her in a manner she does not seek??? 


So ladies, as a former advertiser, I do NOT recommend you show breast in every picture. Show a man you can be "sexy," sure; but I'd caution against making your profile look like a walking billboard  for "Hooters!" LOL.. 


Most men seeking a genuine relationship seek a woman who doesn't always "let it all hang out!" ;)


And a  BED SHOT!! ORLANDO, these findings are OBVIOUSLY true in one sense... But WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL WOMEN HERE? 


Ladies, if you seek a roll in the hay, a sugar daddy, or purely just a sexual connection, go ahead and post photos of you in or on a bed.. 


But if your wish is to establish a genuine relationship based on respect and all that good stuff, know that most of the "relationship seeking men" are not contacting women in lingerie lounging around in bed... That's what sugar daddies and booty callers do! Nothing wrong with this mind you.. 


BUT---- make your profiles reflect WHAT YOU SEEK! And gear your profiles for the type of relationship status you seek.



Obviously, due to how we peruse profiles, a RECENT and accurate FACE shot is best... 


If a person has much more than their face showing, they look like an ant when people peruse profiles B/C the thumbnails are so small... 


DATE your photos and make sure to show men RECENT photos of your "weight." 

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