So you can understand why when it comes to an online dating picture, it's a whole different ballgame.
DO: Show Cleavage This isn't necessarily a surprising finding, but men really do prefer profiles of women who show cleavage. Unlike the muscle men, as women get older, if they show cleavage, they're more likely to be messaged.
DO: Show Some Interests Ok Cupid found that as far as a picture leading to a conversation goes, the most likely ones start with a shot of someone doing something interesting.
Flirting away from the camera, however, was also still a big no-no.
DO: Take A Selfie (If You're A Gal) The researchers seemed as surprised by this as us, but apparently, the selfie, duck face or My Space photo was the biggest hit by Ok Cupid users in terms of context. DO: Grab An Animal (If You're A Guy) As for men, the favoured context for a headshot was one featuring a guy with an animal, whether a pet or even one at the zoo.
Though this may not apply to everyone, as it was followed closely by ...
DO: Show Off Those Abs The second most popular context for men on Ok Cupid was showing off muscles — though the researchers are quick to point out that (a) obviously it's only guys who have them who would show them off, and (b) this becomes less attractive to women the older the guys are.
DO: Show Happiness (If You're A Gal) That same study showed that men prefer women who demonstrate happiness in their profile pictures, assumedly because it's associated with femininity and nurturing, and are least attracted to women showing pride.
DO: Get Outdoors Taking a picture outside allows for the flattering effect of natural sunlight on skin, notes e Harmony.
Apparently showing the left side of your face in pictures is more aesthetically pleasing, according to Psych Central, and has the added bonus of showing more emotion.
DON'T: Feature Shots Of Your Buddy Even if it's the most platonic of friendships, don't include a picture of yourself with a member of the opposite sex if you're looking for a heterosexual relationship.
Sure, you want someone who shares your sense of humour, but let them see what you look like first.