It’s common on Photofeeler for someone to test lots of different photos of themselves in our Dating category and receive a wide range of “Attractive” scores.
This is why it always seems so silly to us when someone tests one photo that gets a low Attractive score — say, a 10% — and then acts as if their fate is sealed. It’s not.
*That photo* elicited a 10%, not you as a person. The next one could just as well hit 90%!
Okay, you might be thinking, but if the same person is capable of getting very good and very bad scores, what is the actual difference between a photo that scores 10% Attractive and one that scores 90% or higher?
Here’s what we know are some of the key differences between photos of the same person with very low and very high Attractive ratings.
Differences Between Photos (of the Same Person) with Low and High Attractive Scores
Goofy Poses vs. Genuine Smiles
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A user’s progression from low Attractive scores to high often goes something like this: goofy smirk and peace signs… tongue out… holding a funny object… simple, genuine smile. Boom! The smile always wins, people. It’s almost comical just how predictable this pattern is.
The explanation is also simple. You want to show potential dates the fun side of your personality. The problem is that these potential dates know literally nothing about you yet and haven’t yet done the simplest filtering there is: Is this guy/gal crazy or sane?
So priority #1 for any dating profile should be to project sanity. That’s it. You give a simple smile, which signals to potential suitors that you are just a harmless, regular person.
Now, sure, if you ask people outright, they will probably tell you that they would like to see a bit of personality in dating profiles. But what they truly find attractive according to our data contradicts this. So instead of following this misguided advice, shoot for “Hey, look, I’m normal,” and use the dates to show your goofy side.
Artificial Light vs. Natural Light
This one is so overwhelmingly consistent that I want to shout from the rooftops, “Stop taking pictures of yourself that aren’t in natural daylight!”
It doesn’t matter how good your hair or muscles look in that pic of you at the nightclub or — even worse, much worse — in front of your bathroom mirror. Your impression will never, ever transcend the harm of that artificial light which casts a creepy vibe over the whole picture and/or adds several years of age to your face.
If there’s one thing you take away from this, let it be this one. It will not fail you.
At Home vs. Out In the World
The next tip is to take your photo somewhere other than your home. Popular choices include on a backpacking trip, in front of a mountain or pond, on a boat, in front of city architecture, or at an outdoors restaurant.
The reasons why this sort of photo outperforms one taken at home are surely numerous, but I’d like to offer two simple explanations.
First off, taking a photo someplace other than your bedroom or bathroom insinuates that you might be someone who does interesting activities.
Second, and this applies especially to heterosexual men: a photo of someone in a bedroom or bathroom is very intimate in nature, and this intimacy can come across as being forward or even aggressive. Some women might describe the feeling they get looking at a picture like this as “creepy,” because they’re psychologically being “put into” an intimate situation with a man they do not know. Photos taken outside of the home — on vacation, on a hike, in a city square — more closely mimic the way a woman is likely to interact with a stranger, so they’re less likely to set off alarms.
Bonus (And Perhaps More Obvious) Tips
Finally, some quick bonus tips to rack up extra Attractive points:
- As much as we hate to say it, subtle cleavage can have a very powerful effect on a woman’s Attractive score. This need not be overdone, as it’s possible for a tasteful hint of cleavage to add Attractive points without harming Smart or Trustworthy measures.
- Also note that gaining Attractive points is a more straightforward process for men than women. While men can often make changes like those outlined above to great effect, women may have to experiment more with subtle changes in angles, as high Attractive scores for women often come down to choosing the angle that makes a face look its most conventionally attractive.