Fourth picture: A shot of four men with attractive women draped over them on a night out. “I think both sexes like to rely on the old group photos but yes men probably have the edge,” Saskia Nelson, founder of dating photography company Hey Saturday, told .
Firstly, we have to spend ages working out which one is the right person.
Obviously each person is different and this isn’t a very nice way of looking at it but this seems to be the vibe among people that I know.” Don’t try and hide yourself.
If you look exceptionally hot in a group picture, fine. But for the love of God, don’t make it your first picture, don’t use it if all your mates look better than you, and don’t combine it with four other group shots!
24-year-old teacher Stef from Winchester believes women tend to be more selective with their pictures than men: “We might have a group picture to show we have fun but we’ll make it one of four or five pictures of just us. ” The thing is, men know group shots are annoying, so maybe they just really don’t have any better photos: “Generally girls having lots of group pics is a negative thing,” 24-year-old Londoner Jake explained.
“People tend to view group pics as trying to hide yourself which is usually not for good reasons.
Now, you’re always told to look happy and make eye contact in social situations, but at least for your online dating photo, that’s just not optimal advice.
Maybe we even a few cute couples who've had great relationships, or even gotten married by thanks to OKCupid, Plenty Of Fish, Tinder, Grindr (OK, nobody's getting married off of Grindr...
“They think it makes them look popular.” But Nelson thinks group photos are a bad move on your dating profile and will put people off: “For example, people might fancy the person's friends more or not like the look of their friends at all, thinking that perhaps they wouldn't fit well with their lifestyle.” She points to research which claims that when men in particular are pictured with the opposite sex, this can create negative feelings and jealousy amongst the women checking out their profiles.
Or, to be honest, it can just make a woman admire the girl in question’s hair/shoes/awesome glittery makeup more than the man she’s meant to be considering.
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.