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A strange person standing next to you could be equally distracting, says Helen Fisher, a consultant for dating site and senior research fellow at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, which carries out research on sexuality and sexual health. “It makes you more vulnerable, more mysterious and ready for love.” The close-up What the picture says: “I have a nice face.” What you should realize: “It’s a bad sign if someone needs to hide in front of the camera.” The more information you get in advance, the less time is wasted for everyone concerned.
People get suspicious when they see photos with faces only or with hats and shades, Fisher says, and they will wonder what happened to the rest of you.
While online daters think their photos are relatively accurate, independent judges rated one third of online dating photos as inaccurate, according to research carried out by Catalina Toma, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For that reason, she recommends posting a variety of recent photos.
The Grade aims to help people rate their profile picture, messages and overall profile on a scale from A to F based on profile quality, responsiveness and message quality available for everyone to see.
Photos with tattoos and eyeglasses were among the lowest rated for women and hat wearers were among the lowest rated photos for men.
But many online daters, like a pantomime villain, forget to look behind them.
An untidy home or something much worse could be a deal breaker, says Jeffrey Hancock, a professor in the communication and information science departments at Cornell University.
“It’s totally exploitative to actually try to use that experience to try to get a date,” says Kevin Lewis, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego.