After all, Ok Cupid’s findings were based on behavior, not just talk, right? Like everyone else, we believed in Ok Cupid’s conclusions. But every time we looked into this, we found the same thing: daters who used Photofeeler for photo testing were getting right-swipes like never before.
But the more data we collected about men’s dating photo attractiveness, the more it became undeniable: Ok Cupid’s advice wasn’t raising men’s photo scores. In fact, users reported 3-5x (200-400%) more matches!
TL; DR: OKCupid’s study on male dating photos fails reproducibility If you’re a guy who uses online dating sites/apps, you’ve probably heard this one: don’t smile in your picture.
Better yet, don’t smile and look away from the camera.
Not to worry, I have the snarky personality to back it all up. I’m not a dating expert by any means, but I do know enough to be dangerous.
We may even see someone we know searching through profiles, but it’s pretty much like we don’t see them.
I figured out that one of the secrets to life, like dating, is to try something and fail miserably. I like to share stories of my time out in the “wilderness” aka dating.
That, and I can give the ‘guy’ opinion on female related dating topics.
Since Ok Cupid published their data in support of not smiling in pics, the tip has been quoted as gospel truth on dating advice blogs, PUA podcasts, dozens of dating subreddits, forums, everywhere.
But, at the same time, widespread skepticism rose too.
This tip originated on the Ok Cupid’s Ok Trends blog in January 2010.