"And there's something very spontaneous about it." "The 'ab shot' actually does quite well," Yagan said.But he admits there is a selection bias, as the guys who bare their six-packs actually have them.In addition, the photo's context can make for a boring shot not to mention the creepiness of someone lurking in front of the computer snapping their own pictures, the Ok Cupid team says. These presumably lower-quality photos were just as successful, if not more so, at reeling in date messages.For instance, self-shot photos for women resulted in 8.75 new contacts from men per month, compared with 8.67 from average female photos not taken with a phone or webcam. Looking at just female photos, results showed the so-called My Space shot, in which the gal holds her phone above her head and looks up with a coy face, was best hands down.Online dating is now the third most popular way to meet a potential partner and is a great way to cast your net a little wider than your immediate social circle; yet despite this, there still seems to be many myths surrounding it.If you haven’t tried online dating yet or you’re thinking about trying it but are put off by what you’ve heard listen up, because Independent Dating are here to dispel some of those nasty rumours.
"We were sitting on a treasure trove of data," said Sam Yagan, co-founder and CEO of Ok Cupid.The female analogue of the ab shot is the cleavage shot.Ladies who showed some cleavage got 49 percent more contacts than the average photo. A 32-year-old woman showing her body received one fewer message than the equivalent 18 year-old, but an "older woman" showing no cleavage got 4 fewer messages compared with a young gal.For instance, whether or not to have a profile photo is a no-brainer: It's pretty much essential.
"It would be like going into a bar with a bag on your head; people aren't going to come talk to you," Yagan told Live Science.
The data didn't include the most and least attractive photos in order to just look at certain photo factors rather than the attractiveness of the person.