Better yet, don’t smile and look away from the camera.
This tip originated on the Ok Cupid’s Ok Trends blog in January 2010.
With the increasing use of the Internet as a way for people to communicate, online dating sites have become a highly popular way for single people to meet and find romantic partners.
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Finally, let’s chat for a moment about what happens when a highly popular dating site disseminates misinformation about what works best in guy’s dating pics: a new class of male dating photos is born.
We hypothesize that the publicity of Ok Cupid’s results gave rise to a new type of dating photo within which the subject is purposefully avoiding smiling and eye contact, in which the subject seems to be awkwardly looking in another direction for no apparent reason.
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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.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.We decided it was time for someone to challenge the Ok Cupid study. To put it frankly, data can be manipulated to show practically any result that the scientist would like it to.Using the massive stores of data on our platform, we set out to reproduce Ok Cupid’s process (as laid out by the Myths of Profile Pictures post). And in Ok Cupid’s case, it’s reasonable to assume that they got the interesting result they wanted, in part, by cutting out particular populations from their data set. Why did Ok Cupid eliminate users outside of the ages of 18 and 32?