Okcupid your looks and online dating
Is it likely that trends found among a very specific niche of male daters long ago — those who chose to upload only one photo and no profile text to Ok Cupid in 2009 — could translate to a viable Tinder strategy for all men in 2017?The truth is that societal and dating norms have changed a lot in this amount of time. So perhaps giving an air of “I’m too good for this” with a non-smiling, looking away photo and no profile text appealed slightly more to women at the time.But, the men countered, women don’t necessarily know what they want.After all, Ok Cupid’s findings were based on behavior, not just talk, right? Like everyone else, we believed in Ok Cupid’s conclusions. But every time we looked into this, we found the same thing: daters who used Photofeeler for photo testing were getting right-swipes like never before.The post was called The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures.Since Ok Cupid published their data in support of not smiling in pics, the tip has been quoted as gospel truth on dating advice blogs, PUA podcasts, dozens of dating subreddits, forums, everywhere.
One Reddit commenter put it this way: Further — everywhere men floated the “don’t smile in pictures” advice, many women decried how much they hated these nonsmiling pictures.Even today, less than 15% of photos have no eye contact.Before Ok Cupid declared it superior, it was likely 5-10% (200-300 photos split into 3 groups: smiling/not/flirty).Further, what kind of man uploads one photo and no profile text?Perhaps it’s this personality type (not the photo’s characteristics out of context) that speak to which photo strategies worked best for him.