"The Cheerleader Effect" postulates that when people are photographed together, each person starts to look like the average of everyone else around.
That composite mental image tends to look hotter than the individual.
Some dating advice for the girls – make sure make-up is subtle, or as you would normally wear it – the same applies to clothing.
Researchers believe that this might have to do with the fact that pride is associated with masculinity, while happiness corresponds to femininity. But profiles with full body photos received 203 percent more messages than those that showed less, Zoosk reported. Ok Cupid found that men who showed off their abs and muscles met about nine out of 10 women they reached out to.
It's important to note that the shirtless route worked better for younger men.
In the world of online dating, it's hard to convince your prospective significant other that you're not a creep if your profile picture is a selfie taken in your ill-lit bathroom.
To put your best face forward, here's what surveys, scientific studies, and psychology have taught us about perfecting the profile picture.
Do something interesting Ok Cupid found that people whose photos portrayed them doing something interesting were more likely to receive messages that led to a real conversation, followed by those who posed with animals and those who showed themselves on their travels.
(Photos involving drinking were the most frowned upon.) According to Zoosk, men whose photos show them in the rugged outdoors receive 19 percent more messages.
Avoiding the selfie is especially important if you're a man.
Zoosk, analyzing a sample of about 4,000 subscribers, discovered that men who posted selfies received 8 percent fewer messages than those who didn't.
Having a photo on your profile can dramatically increase the number of people who view your page.
But first impressions are everything, so it’s important that your picture says the right things about you.
Women, on the other hand, should stay indoors: Outdoor shots lead to 40 percent fewer messages.