How to Choose the Best Online Dating Photo 2021

Updated: December 3, 2021

As it turns out, the perfect online dating photo for your profile may already be in your camera roll. You just need to know how to choose the right one. To help you out, the online dating site and app Zoosk looked into the data, and found a few data-backed tips about how to choose the best possible dating photo.

1. Don’t wear a hat.

Online daters (both guys and girls) were seen as less attractive, and thus got less likes from potential dates, when they were wearing a hat in their photo. People like to see as much of you as possible—your whole face and even those lovely locks, so show off a little and ditch the hat.

2. Use a full-body photo.

Including at least one full-body photo in your dating profile can get you up to 203% more incoming messages than the average. Phew! That’s a lot. On top of that, people who have a full-body photo also get 33% more replies to their messages.

3. Got a favorite sports team? Get your jersey out.

People wearing a jersey, t-shirt of their favorite team, or sports outfit in their photos get 32% more incoming messages and 17% more responses. It’s a great way to show off your personality in your photo and give someone something to break the ice with.

4. Add a vacation pic.

Maybe it’s because everyone looks so rested and relaxed on vacation, or maybe it’s because it’s another great conversation starter. Either way, adding a vacation photo to your profile can get you up to 6% more messages.

5. Ladies, snap those selfies.

Women who have a selfie photo get 4% more messages. Guys, not so much. Men who have a selfie photo get 8% fewer messages than the average.

6. Fellas, use an outdoor shot.

Men who add an outdoor photo to their profile get 19% more messages while women who add an outdoor photo get 40% fewer.

7. Don’t take a photo in your car.

Photos of people in front of a car or motorcycle, or inside of a car resulted in fewer likes. So if you’ve got a great set of wheels you may want to think twice before showing them off in your dating profile. Remember, people want to see and connect with you, not with what you drive.

8. Ditch the shades.

Similar to hats, people who wear sunglasses (and thus hide large parts of their faces) get 63% fewer messages and also receive fewer likes.

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