Oh, online dating...
I have done the online dating thing off and on for years now. Let me take a moment to absorb the truth of that statement, remember that it it's no longer the stigmatized lion's den, and remind myself of the great guys I've met because of it.
What am I talking about?
Okay, ready to move on. If you are a guy wanting to post a picture for women to seriously consider dating you (or just safely engaging with you in public or in private), your choice of picture is important.
No, I'm not just talking about your hotness factor. I'm talking about your approachability, social presence, warmth, etc. I get it, it's superficial in many ways, but that's online dating for you, that's dating for you, and that's representing yourself with a picture for you.
What makes me an expert? Just real life experience. I have sat with friends over the years, and we just walk away baffled by the pictures some guys post. Sometimes, they're attached to the picture. Sometimes it's in the BestFace or HotorNot vein. While these opinions are just mine, I've definitely consulted with many other friends about these ideas. The statistics below are pretty much all made up on my speculation, but I have a diverse group of quality friends, so just consider all of this food for thought.
Also, this is really focused the heterosexual-woman-looking-at-a-guy-who-likes-women population. It seems like that's huge enough of a population to generalize for, I don't want to overspeak for LGBT preferences, too.
This is Part 1 a 3-part post.
See more about what NOT to post here.
See more about what you SHOULD post here.