(Disclaimer: Some data has shown the opposite to be true, so take this with a grain of salt.) To the left, to the left A Wake Forest University study determined that photos that showed the left side of the face were viewed as more pleasant than those that showed the right.
Scientists believe that this might be because we show more emotion on that side of the face.
Smile (if you're a woman)An Ok Cupid analysis of more than 7,000 photos showed that woman who smiled and batted their eyes directly at the camera tended to get the most messages.
However, if you are a man, you don't want to look at the camera — and you definitely don't want to smile.
In the world of online dating, it's hard to convince your prospective significant other that you're not a creep if your profile picture is a selfie taken in your ill-lit bathroom.
To put your best face forward, here's what surveys, scientific studies, and psychology have taught us about perfecting the profile picture.
Strength in numbers Before you start taking photos of yourself, grab some friends.
A study published in shows that you seem more attractive when you are in a group.
"The Cheerleader Effect" postulates that when people are photographed together, each person starts to look like the average of everyone else around.
That composite mental image tends to look hotter than the individual.