What you convey in that first image can be totally decisive.
Flirting online is in fashion. And it is not for less, since the hustle and bustle of everyday life, work and family commitments and other circumstances can leave us a little isolated when it comes to finding people who attract us and with whom we can maintain a more or less stable relationship. .
Luckily, Badoo (the world’s largest dating app with more than 368 million users worldwide) has studied how we interact and how the internet can be a conducive medium for passion and feelings to flow. It is not just about making a link between people who want to meet other people, but about evaluating their profiles, their interests and their preferences in order to establish the best harmony between the users who really fit in.
Photos on social networks and what we transmit with them
One of the most interesting factors that the Badoo developers have analyzed is the relationship between the type of profile photo that each user shows and the perception and expectations that this image generates in other users, potentially interested in knowing more about it.
In this regard, they have equipped themselves with a team of sociologists and psychologists who, by analyzing the hot spots in the users’ sessions, have allowed them to learn more about the reaction of the users through our body or gestural attitude that we show in the profile picture.
Thus, we have allowed ourselves to make a brief compilation of the 7 most common types of profile photo and what is the reaction of other users.
1. Smile and happiness
Of the most common. People who have a profile photo outlining a big smile from ear to ear convey joy, vitality and transparency. Now, different studies clarify this question. While men perceive women who laugh often as more attractive, the reverse is not the case. Apparently, women feel a more genuine attraction to men with profile photos that are more serious and mysterious, according to different studies. In the case of homosexual people, there is still not enough data to know if the trend is reproduced.
Like everything in this life, a nuance should be added: whether you are a man or a woman, if your smile is one of those that conquers anyone, you will do well to show this cheerful and optimistic facet.
2. Artistic photo (in which your face is not fully appreciated)
Be careful with artistic photos, because they tend to have little hook. If in your profile photo you abuse the gradient, the blur or you are in a pose in which your face is not appreciated well, you will usually generate distrust. Users who see you will ask: “Why don’t you want to show your face? Maybe you are a difficult and inaccessible person, with hidden intentions?”
An overly artistic photo, however, can attract the attention of people with a special taste for aesthetics and art, of course. But for ordinary mortals, you are not going to generate enough empathy or transparency for them to decide to communicate with you.
3. Show the body (sexy photo)
It is usually not a good idea if what you are looking for is a moderately serious relationship. However, if your goal is to have sporadic relationships and you really feel comfortable teaching a little, it may be a good idea. Be that as it may, keep in mind that this first impression that other users have about you can lead them towards a more direct and superficial type of communication, in which it will be somewhat more difficult to simmer feelings.
4. Defiant attitude
According to experts at Badoo, this is usually not a good option. If you show an elusive or pretentious disposition, you are going to generate strange sensations in the other person, so it is likely that they will not be able to connect with you or get to know you more. In addition, you can generate a somewhat “creepy” image, that is, you can scare the staff and they can identify you with conflicting personality traits and that generate little confidence.
Think about it: do you want to meet someone who shows you their positive and optimistic version or a dark and untrustworthy version?
5. Funny picture
Be very careful with too funny photos. That is, it is likely that you can generate a smile on the other side of the screen, but they can also make you look like a somewhat superficial person who takes life lightly, which can give you an image of a person who is not a lover of commitment and love. Serious relationships.
Avoid putting funny faces or faces on your profile picture! Seeming immature or frivolous does not generally attract attraction.
6. Thoughtful and melancholic
Another type of profile photo that should be avoided or, at least, know its possible negative effects on the other side of the screen. Giving a melancholic appearance can make you subtract points, since we generally want to surround ourselves with vitalistic people who know how to see the positive side of life.
It’s just a profile picture, you think. And you are right! But users potentially interested in you are going to make a quick decision about whether you give them good vibes or bad vibes, and being thoughtful or overly serious or down is not going to help you.
Not a bad idea at all! If you enjoy doing a specific sport, you can show the world with that great photo practicing tennis, basketball, gymnastics … Now, you always have to take certain precautions. Keep in mind that you must show your face clearly, that is, do not prioritize a photograph in which it is not clear who you are. Also, do not choose a photograph in which you are too absorbed by the activity (if you are a boy, do not show muscles or anything like that, or you will seem too narcissistic). Choose that image in which you are seen having fun and in shape, having a good time, happy and vital.
So which profile picture is more suitable?
As we see in these conclusions drawn from different studies carried out by Badoo, our profile image speaks a lot about who we are and what we want to convey to people potentially interested in meeting us. Therefore, it is advisable to choose with caution and good taste that first photograph that others will see and from which they will generate some notions about who we are or what they can expect from us.
Life is not summarized in a single photograph, of course. Don’t take anything described above too seriously. Choose how to show yourself to the world being true to who you are, but also taking into account these tricks provided by the studies in social networks of flirting with which you can get more and better connection with that special person who is, somewhere on the map, interested in meeting you.