There's something that banana man, Bambi-killer and the Jeep fan have in common: They're all hoping you see something in their photos that pulls you in, that you'll want to find out what's beneath the banana suit, if you will. That's what I learned after talking with dating services for tips about what works and, more important, doesn't work when you're trying to attract a date.
A good place to start is with these three guys. Data shows that profile pictures like these -- extremes that forget the point is to present an attractive self-- ultimately don't work.
You should keep this in mind because Cupid has traded in his arrows for a swipe-right on his phone. More than 90 percent of America's And being good at online dating isn't just about the hookup culture, it's about potentially finding your life or next partner. So what are the best ways to boost the odds of finding that special someone with whom to share your heart and Wi-Fi password?
Here's what I learned.
Online dating service OkCupid looked at the data of various sexual orientations, and the pattern was obvious. If you upload more than one photo, you get at least twice as many likes. Well, you've got a leg up if you're a pet owner with frequent flier miles. OkCupid found profile pictures that involve doing something interesting but leave a little to the imagination, OK? Photos with an animal came in just shy of 40 percent.
Good news for banana suit guy! In fact, PhotoFeeler, a site that gives people feedback on how their photos come across online -- whether it's on Linkedin, Twitter or Match.
They say a smile is a universal welcome. Apparently that's only half true. OkCupid crunched data from more than 7, member photos and found that women's profile pictures were more popular when they smiled flirtatiously at the camera. It must reach your eyes and make them crinkle at the corners.
Men's profile pictures were more popular when the man looked away from the camera and didn't smile. In other words, far less work. No one said life was fair when it comes to dating. Another winner is travel. Show yourself in an exotic location and your message is 30 percent more likely to lead to a conversation. You'd think online daters would have figured this out by now: Make sure your face is clearly visible in at least one photo.
People are looking for dates, not knock-off Ray-Bans.
But don't just take photos of your face. For both men and women, online dating service Zoosk found full body photos get percent more messages. Selfies, for example, work better for some people than others.
Zoosk found that men who posted selfies received 8 percent fewer messages. But women received 4 percent more.
That matches up with Davis' experiences of sitting down with clients and watching them weed through profiles. Women just aren't into men's selfies. If you really want to show a selfie, consider the location. One of my dear friends was clearly not impressed with one selfie she saw of a man in a parked car.
Also, be careful not to use too many selfies.
This one just kinda bums me out. It turns out the app caters to quite a large audience with diverse intentions. At this point, I'm going to assume you're a feminist because why would you not be, and if you still have Bernie in your bio, but didn't vote for Hillary, I strongly urge you to work out your mom issues. Photos of you in bed. I personally do not want to see your muscles at the gym, but maybe someone else does? Having never used Tinder before, I decided to wander like a young fawn into the wilderness that is the app.
Apparently, one study found that they can make you come across as narcissistic and self-objectifying. And women have been subjected to hostile, lewd and harassing comments on popular dating apps, like Tinder and OkCupid, which have been created by largely male teams.
Female entrepreneurs have seen an opening, and several dating apps have been created by women — for women. Others, like Bumble, which launched late , are newcomers on the market. Whitney Wolfe, a co-founder of Tinder, had a messy breakup from the company. She then quickly rebounded with a new dating app called Bumble, where women users are in charge. Bumble also just introduced photo messaging —but all photos are watermarked with the users name and face to prevent people from sending incriminating photos.
It uses your Facebook information to match you with friends of friends. The sisters are confident in their ability to do business. By contrast, Dattch features a pinterest-like layout which is heavy on pictures.