Attractiveness and Online Dating Photos: A Look at OkCupid's Data - Christie Hartman, PhD
So this article was posted on OKCupid by staff and then quietly deleted a This week we will confront an unfortunate truth of online dating: no matter We're going to look at how your photos affect both the messages you get. If you're a guy who uses online dating sites/apps, you've probably heard this one: don't smile in your picture. Better yet, don't smile and look. The article I'm talking about is this one: rozamira.info looks-and-online-dating/ And the findings I'm going to.
The article has a bunch of charts and graphs if you're interested. Basically your photo will give you a lot more responses than anything you put in your profile.
However women seem a whole lot less picky then men do when it comes to looks, for the vast majority of men looks are a huge factor. Your Looks and Your Inbox How men and women perceive attractiveness This week we will confront an unfortunate truth of online dating: Here are two women and two men near the top of our range.
And here are two sets rated in the middle.Gender Attraction Differential
Funnily enough, I had to write about a dozen beautiful female users before anyone would even get back to me. Anyhow, I know attractiveness is far from a universal concept, but maybe keep these folks in mind as we go through the data.
To put a number on it, men are reaching out to women 17 percentile points more attractive, and women contact men who are 10 percentile points more attractive.
This means that if a woman does nothing, her inbox will be filled with less attractive men.
Your Looks and Your Inbox (dating sites)
A simple adjustment If a woman sends the first message, everything changes in her favor. In fact, women are 2. So if you typically wait to be approached, you could elevate your game by about 12 percent points just by sending the first message. Those sending the first message are already getting results.
If all women sent more messages, would they get more responses? The odds are in your favor.
Want to be a part of this report, and future ones? Sign up for OkCupid. Written by Kelly Cooper. In contrast, for the two guys who are rated "Average", you can barely see their faces.
One of them has his eyes obstructed by reflections on his glasses, and the other makes the classic mistake of not facing the light - his face is covered in a shadow. The two women have higher quality photos than the two men since y'know, you can see their face, on the average rating againbut their photos are still of lower quality than that of the top rated women.
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Now of course there are other differences - the top rated users are clearly more attractive. But the pictures mostly serve to illustrate a point: There's a difference between rating a picture of a person, and rating the actual person. Most guys are terrible at taking pictures of themselves compared to women. This isn't very surprising - western culture discourages men from caring about how they look in photos, while women are encouraged to look their best in pictures by magazine articles and such.