At last some proper and practical advice for all you poor desperates wanting to be noticed on a dating site. The OK Cupid blog, recently described by a seriousWashington Post political columnist as perhaps the best blog on the internet, has just published the results of ”dark months of data mining” involving more than 7000 photographs on OkCupid.com, analyzing three primary things:
Facial Attitude. Is the person smiling? Staring straight ahead? Doing that flirty lip-pursing thing?
Photo Context. Is there alcohol? Is there a pet? Is the photo outdoors? Is it in a bedroom?
Skin. How much skin is the person showing? How much face? How much breasts? How much ripped abs?
The result is advice on how to get noticed and increase your number of responses. One example will give the flavour:
It’s better to smile
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.
Women smile almost twice as often as men do and make that flirty-face four times as often.
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. For women, a smile isn’t strictly better: she actually gets the most messages by flirting directly into the camera, like the centre and right-hand subjects above.