The New Year is one of the busiest times of year for dating sites. But think very carefully before swiping right on Tinder IAC, But not everyone can pull off a selfie , and those who do should probably take them sparingly, if academic research is to be believed. For men, professional head shots and photos with facial hair were rated the highest and, for women, photos showing the person singing or playing an instrument, playing a sport or wearing a bikini were rated the highest, according to one survey of 2, profiles by The Grade dating app. The Grade aims to help people rate their profile picture, messages and overall profile on a scale from A to F based on profile quality, responsiveness and message quality available for everyone to see. Photos with tattoos and eyeglasses were among the lowest rated for women and hat wearers were among the lowest rated photos for men. While online daters think their photos are relatively accurate, independent judges rated one third of online dating photos as inaccurate , according to research carried out by Catalina Toma, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For that reason, she recommends posting a variety of recent photos. The surge in photo-centric, location-based dating apps proves one thing: People are more interested in your pictures than a lengthy essay about your hopes and dreams. Here are 10 biggest mistakes people make when they upload photos to a dating site or app:.
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