The folks at the popular dating website OKCupid have a sister website called OKTrends which compiles “observations and statistics from hundreds of millions of OkCupid user interactions.”
While this article is from way back in 2009, their conclusion is still true:
…[the] unfortunate truth of online dating: no matter how much time you spend polishing your profile, honing your IM banter, and perfecting your message introductions, it’s your picture that matters most.
The article presents some great data in charts and graphs to illustrate how pictures can affect online dating interactions. Of course, since “attractiveness” is a pretty subjective thing, you might take all of this with a grain of salt.
However, especially with sites like Tinder, your picture is the first thing a viewer will see and you want to make a strong first impression. Is a “selfie” really the best way to go?
A client came to me recently after a divorce and said he was ready to start dating again, but had no good photos of himself. A week after our session I received this email:
I am on a date right now with a girl I met online because of those photos. Awesome!! – David
Quality photos for your dating profile make a difference.