If it’s an old banger you’re next to it says you’re a car nerd who goes drag racing every weekend.
Certain social etiquettes apply even online: if you’re going to be making eyes at someone, it should be with the person looking at your picture.
Men’s photos are most effective when they look away from the camera and In terms of getting new messages, the My Space shot is the single most effective photo type for women.
In looking closely at the astonishingly wide variety of ways our users have chosen to represent themselves, we discovered much of the collective wisdom about profile pictures was wrong.
For interested readers, I explain our measurement process, and how we collected our data, at the end of the post.
Telling us will suffice – we don’t need visual evidence in the form of a sweaty post-race under-carriage. Kids Nephews, nieces, friends kids, your kids – regardless of what form your love for small children takes, you’d do well to remember you’re trying to get a date not a work placement in an early years community nursery – enough of the under 5s.
If it’s a flash soft top it says you’re a rich w***ker – or just a w***ker, especially if you’re in a show room and the car’s not even yours. Lycra You completed the London to Brighton cycle race. Using Photoshop, a pro can take a casual picture and quickly turn it into a professional one by changing the background. It's confusing to people who don't know you, trying to figure out which one you are.A good picture will help you stand out from the rest of the pack, who usually post not-so-great photos of themselves, and it can get you noticed quicker by the people you want to date.3. You're also setting them up to be attracted to your friend instead of you.We at first thought this was just because, typically, you can kind of see down the girl’s shirt with the camera at that angle—indeed, that seems to be the point of shot in the first place — so we excluded all cleavage-showing shots from the pool and ran the numbers again.No change: it’s still the best shot; better, in fact, than straight-up boob pics (more on those later). The male “Ab Shot” has the same reputation as the My Space Shot — it’s an Internet cliché that supposedly everyone thinks is only for bozos.For women, a smile isn’t strictly better: she actually gets the most messages by flirting directly into the camera, like the center and right-hand subjects above.