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Strangely enough, the most effective photos for women are often selfies taken at the “Myspace angle” where the photo is taken from an angle high above the head.

The best profile photos will lead to a conversation.

Want to use an especially good selfie in your profile?

According to research by Wired magazine: if you’re a woman, go right ahead!

For interested readers, I explain our measurement process, and how we collected our data, at the end of the post.

All my bar charts are zeroed on the average picture. One of the first things we noticed when diving into our pool of photos is that men and women have very different approaches to the camera.

For most online dating sites, the following photos often lead to immediate rejections. In fact, research by OKCupid shows that being too attractive might result in receiving fewer messages.

This holds especially true for men — if you’re average, or even below-average on average, you’re more likely to receive messages from women.

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.

Sure, we’ve all heard not to judge a book by its cover.

But in the online dating world, sometimes a picture is all you have to go by! Picking out photos to use can feel like a lot of pressure, especially if you’re someone who likes to avoid the camera. Major online dating companies regularly complete large-scale surveys to figure out exactly what potential matches find attractive.

What matters more than anything when it comes to your online dating profile? Photos can drastically increase your chances of getting more communication and dates. In fact, profiles with photos are nine times more likely to get communication. Choosing a really good cover photo for your online dating profile is absolutely at the top of the list when it comes to your success. We realize we have pulled these from a stock photo gallery (kinda cheating! When you come to an online dating site you're, clearly, hoping to meet people.

The nature of the system, in a manner of speaking, can put you in competition with other people who are also trying to meet people.

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