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7 Best Online Dating Photo Tips From Around the Web

Adhere to these tips for online dating success

online dating photo tips

If your online dating results have been lacking, your photos might be the reason why. Make sure you’re not violating any of these maxims, fielded from around the internet:

1. Avoid the “MySpace angle”

Back in the early 2000s, when everyone was on MySpace, one of the most common types of profile pictures you would see was a selfie, tilted at an angle, with the subject looking serious. It’s a bad look, and selfies of any kind should be avoided in your online dating profiles.

According to OkCupid, however, the MySpace angle is the “single most effective” type of photo for women, even when there is no visible cleavage.

2. Show yourself doing some kind of activity

According to Lifehacker: “You’re showing visitors how you lead a full, engaging life—and that you potentially share some common interests. When your pictures create topics of conversation, the viewer won’t have to think hard about how to respond to your message.”

The article also claims you double your chances of landing dates when you use these types of photos.

3. Look into the camera

The best online dating photos are the ones where you’re looking straight into the camera, as opposed to off in some other direction, according to Business Insider. Also, use photos with different poses to give a more accurate representation of what you look like.

4. Use full-body photos

Regardless of gender, full-body photos increased messaging by 203 percent, according to this Daily Mail article. That doesn’t mean all your photos should be full-body shots, but you should have at least one.

5. The more photos on your profile, the more messages you will receive

There is a direct correlation between the number of photos you have on your profile and the amount of time you’ll spend messaging other users, according to eHarmony. Men use an average of 4.2 photos on their eHarmony profiles compared to 6.4 used by women. Also, you should avoid cropping other people out of your photos.

6. Avoid pictures of you with other people

Especially other guys, according to this Huffington Post article. You never want to cause confusion for the women viewing your profile over which person in the picture is you. You especially don’t want to create the potential to disappoint the women who view your profile if they like another guy in the picture better.

7. Watch what you’re wearing

Avoid wearing sunglasses, according to Your Tango. And make sure you’re wearing clothes that won’t turn off potential matches.


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About Jordan Murray Jordan is a journalist who has written extensively about dating and lifestyle for multiple publications.

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