Taking a million selfies to pick which goes on your online dating profile is wasting your time. That’s according to research from the University of Connecticut. It’s OK researchers. You can say filters, Photoshop, etc.

You’re not lawyers. The whole ‘more probable than not’ just makes us laugh.

Online dating. How do you find that special someone on Tinder? Do you go all in with your best photo? Makeup? Glamour shot? Holding a cat? Petting a dog? Damn, this is starting to sound like work.

It comes down to sex. Males and females have different paths to love, according to this research. It may not be published yet, but please keep the title:

“Too Hot to Trust: Examining the Relationship Between Attractiveness, Trustworthiness, and Desire to Date in Online Dating.” That’s awesome, and I can tell the team is in communications.

Online Dating Study Details

Let’s break down the study. Researchers enlisted 305 volunteers, aged 17 to 36. Each was asked their opinion about different online dating profiles of the same person.

Two types of photos were used. One was beautified or enhanced, and the other was not. The enhanced photo used makeup, special lighting and hair treatments. The other photo? They just learned there’s a front-facing camera on their smartphone.

Are Hot Dating Pictures Trustworthy?

The results show a jaded view of society. Men found the enhanced photos more attractive, but less trustworthy. Really? Unless you know the picture you are looking at is someone else, get over yourself. Women wear makeup because they want to.

Any effect on their willingness to date the ‘enhanced picture’ women? Hell no. They were perfectly happy to say they would date the enhanced photo version over the non-enhanced picture.

For women? The enhanced photos equaled attraction and trustworthiness.

Study co-author, Rory McGloin, explained the findings in a news release:

“This finding suggests that even when men suspect that a woman may not look exactly like she does in her profile picture, they are willing to take the risk and pursue a date with her. In our sample, attraction seems to be more important than trust.”

trusting online dating photos

“Trust is an important part of any relationship, and it certainly plays an important role in the forging of new social bonds in the dating context,” McGloin said. “Yet, we found an interesting relationship between attractiveness and trust for males who were viewing female profile pictures.”

Maybe. Or, we could all just admit we like to mess with the filters on our phones. Do men need to get their headshots taken for Tinder or any other dating app? Nope. Should you post something that looks like you hit the bottle a bit too hard? Probably not, but your call.

Should women post what they want on online profiles? Hell yeah. Makeup, no makeup. Whatever. It’s the same advice for us men. Be you.

Now, holding a knife in a threatening manner for your photo? Ehhh…. You might be awesome, but I’m not risking becoming a 20/20 special to find out.

The results will be presented at the International Communication Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Right on Mr. McGloin. Get a vacation out of the research. From there, it will go through the peer-reviewed process before publication.

It’s a fascinating study and speaks to the challenges women face.

Should you be deemed untrustworthy because you wanted to go glam for the day? I’m 100 percent certain you can’t type ‘no’ enough.


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