January 21, 2010
Posted: 04:58 PM ET
If you think online dating profiles with self-shot camera-phone pictures that scream "Check out my MySpace!" look ridiculous, well, you are probably right, but, according to a statistical study by the dating site OKCupid, these comical self-portraits work.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/21/temp.wes.image.jpg caption="My impromptu attempt at a 'MySpace pic.' Note: Works better with women." width=292 height=282]OKCupid analyzed over 7,000 profiles of "average-looking people" to determine which pictures most successfully attracted other users.
According to OKCupid, the statistical data reveals four myths about successful profile pictures. Perhaps most surprising of these myths is the discovery that "the universally maligned 'MySpace Shot,' taken by holding your camera above your head and being just so darn coy" actually works.
Christian of OKCupid writes:
Before you break out the camera phone for your personal glamor shoot, recognize that OKCupid did not rate the type of attention these images received, only the frequency of communication between users.
For a full description of the data analysis and the four myths check out The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures.
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