Internet dating picture
We would never suggest to a Fitzgerald or a Dave Eggers to limit his profile to 100 words, and so why should guys with great bodies keep their best asset under wraps?
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.
Now, you’re always told to look happy and make eye contact in social situations, but at least for your online dating photo, that’s just not optimal advice.
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.
Notice that, however, that flirting from the camera is the single worst attitude a woman can take.
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.