Why You Should Let Someone Else Pick Your Profile Pictures
You might really love that one photo where you squint your eyes and make a pouty face, but chances are what you like doesn't look as good to other people. A recent study suggests you're better off having someone else pick your profile pics.
The study, from University of New South Wales, and
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The researchers found that images chosen by strangers made a much better first impression than images chosen by the individuals themselves. David White, the study's lead author, suggests this is because we tend to favor images of ourselves that emphasize physical attractiveness. That's all well and good in some situations, but it's not always the most important quality people are looking for. It's better to appear competent and confident on sites like
Of course, this study was done with complete strangers, not friends, so they aren't sure how effective people close to you can be at picking a better profile photo. That said, it doesn't hurt to at least get a second opinion on the photos you choose. You probably can't trust yourself to see anything beyond how attractive you look. If you don't have anyone around to help you out, though, you can always try "squinching" your eyes and using open body language .