My dating pics

13 May

"The Cheerleader Effect" postulates that when people are photographed together, each person starts to look like the average of everyone else around.

That composite mental image tends to look hotter than the individual.

If you have two great photos at your disposal, and lots of mediocre ones, you’ll most likely do better if you just leave it at two. One very unflattering photo is enough to make many people close your profile and continue looking elsewhere, no matter how good the others were.

Nerd Love Facebook page, several of my readers kindly sent in photos of themselves from various dating sites for commentary and criticism.

But Julie cautions against overdoing it, saying, "Nix the bathing suit photos, as it's the same as lingerie with a different material.

Show just a little cleavage to look flirty."Variety may be the spice of life in the bedroom or on a date.

Sam drops the following bomb: Flash (be it cellphone or otherwise) adds seven years to your profile pic. You know the shot—the universally-maligned “ My Space Angle” selfie is achieved by holding your camera above your head and being just so darn coy. That’s fine, but if you’re wearing sunglasses, your dream guy might think you’re hiding something.

But in terms of getting new messages, Sam reveals that the My Space shot is the single most effective photo type for women. Julie's rule: Your profile photos should show your glamorous smile along with your sparkling eyes.