Dating has always been a complex business and, since it has grown increasingly hard to find a match in our circle of friends, online dating sites have come up with wonderful solutions for those looking for a soul mate or just companionship on a Friday evening. People who set up profiles on social networks or on dating sites also have the possibility to enhance their profile photos by using the picture editing programs, that are becoming increasingly accessible and user-friendly.
The question, however, is, what effect this enhancing has on your overall image. A new study reveals that men tend to be skeptical when it comes to women displaying photos that make them look too attractive.
Lead researcher Rory McGloin, from the University of Connecticut, conducted a study in which 671 participants, both men and women, whose ages varied from 17 to 36 were shown a single picture, which was either edited or casual. Each participant had to answer a series of questions related to the profile of the person they would like to date. The questions targeted attractiveness and trustworthiness.
The results showed that men are inclined to regard women whose pictures had been enhanced – with favorable angles, good lighting and makeup – as less trustworthy than the ones whose pictures were casual, displaying them as they are. What was even more interesting was that most of them also responded that they would date the woman anyway, regardless of how much they trust her. This might lead to the conclusion that looks are more important than trust for young men.
Women, on the other hand, tended to trust men whose photos were edited, making them look bettermore than the other ones. As McGloin explained, this is a sort of halo effect, which prompts them to extend a quality to other aspects of their personality that might be important to them. “Attractiveness of the male served as a halo,” said assistant Professor Rory McGloin. “Once they found him to be attractive, they assumed all of the other traits were good as well.”
Another conclusion might be that men tend to be more sincere than women, whose vast majority stated that they view trust at least as important as attractiveness: “The guys were very much honest in their assessment of the female. They say I do find her more attractive and I do find her less trustworthy and I am OK with it,” Mcgloin stated.
Even if McGloin is not a psychologist, he has studied how media affects the way a person behaves. He presented the results of his study at the International Communication Association’s annual meeting in San Juan.
The study’s findings might not be completely astounding, but they might make you think about the next time you decide to use that photo editing program for your profile photo., especially if you are a woman.
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