Tinder profile pictures: tips to make your first impression count

Looking to get a date on the world’s most popular dating app? There are some ways you can increase your chances of getting swiped right, according to science.

A 2014 study at the University of Indiana in the US found that the number one complaint about dating on Tinder was that people do not look like their profile pictures, so when making the choice of the perfect selfie for your avatar, remember: people appreciate authenticity. Think about it: It is a much more positive experience to meet someone who looks like their picture than to meet someone who has provided you with unrealistic expectations beforehand, only to be disappointed 100% of the time. Ease up on the beauty filters: you’re more beautiful without them, anyway.

While we are on the topic of profile pictures, let’s get physical. Believe it or not, your body language in your Tinder profile picture affects the snap judgement potential dates make about you before they swipe left or swipe right. A study from UC Berkeley in the US looked into the body language of online dating discovered that “an expansive, open posture involves widespread limbs, a stretched torso and general enlargement of occupied space” gained positive reactions from test subjects. “For the 144 speed daters, expansiveness nearly doubles chances of getting a yes [to see each other again.]” Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk, lead author on the study, explains.

Vacharkulksemsuk believes this may be attractive due to our deep biological predispositions “The information packing in that nonverbal behaviour is social dominance, and where that person stands in a hierarchy,” she says. The posture indicates power and confidence as well as openness, which are all positive traits we look for in mates. Just be careful not to be look arrogant or cocky, she warns – that is still a total turn-off.