A Profile Picture Is Worth 1000 Words by @LifeByteStory

a profile picture speaks 1000 words

A Profile Picture Is Worth 1000 Words by @LifeByteStory

Do not underestimate the impact of choosing the right profile pic. When you think about it, your profile picture is probably the most critical element of your online profile. People scanning profiles first look at your pic and in about 4 seconds determine If they want to find out more about you or move on to the next smiling candidate. I know this seems harsh, but it is the truth.


Profile pics should be accurate and current. Many times I have scanned photos and then click on the profile and am somewhat charmed. Then I continue and look at more pics. I am amazed when I view photos and the person will have 4 photos that are all different and don’t look like the same person. Why? I usually default to the worst looking photo and move on. Is this unfair? Yes. But, I don’t have the time or the interest to figure out which pic is the most accurate depiction of the person.


Shockingly, I have had such a wide variance that within a group of photos have had someone have a full head of hair in one pic to completely bald the next.


Take a picture that best reflects what the person is going to see when they walk into the restaurant or bar to meet you.


The last person I went out with, smiled as he approached me on our first date. When we sat down for a drink before dinner, he looked at me and said, “Thank God you look like your photo … it’s refreshing.” I just assumed this was a female issue since so many men I have met don’t really look like their photos. But, as I talk to people I date and friends, I realise women are just as bad as men in portraying an unrealistic version of who they really are.


So, instead of setting yourself up for disappointment, just take accurate and clear photos that captures who you are and what you look like. This way, you will not find yourself meeting someone and wondering why they did not call you after the date even though it seemed like you had a great time. It will save you time and grief and disappointment.


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  • Solo @ 30
    June 28, 2012

    I’m always grateful when someone looks remotely like their pictures…and am floored when they look as good, if not better, than them. Not only is it a matter of taking good photos but selecting photos that are flattering…I notice quite a few guys don’t seem to know what pictures show them in their best light. But perhaps they view it from a different perspective than we do. 🙂

  • Sharon
    June 28, 2012

    I saw a funny cartoon once. It showed a beautiful woman looking in a mirror and seeing an out of shape, ugly person and next to it was a pix of an old, out of shape man looking in the mirror and seeing Adonis. Made me laugh out loud, sometimes the funniest comedy is the comedy that cuts closest to the bone. Yes, I think men see themselves in a totally different perspective!

  • Rita
    June 28, 2012

    Oh my gosh, I wholeheartedly agree. I don’t know why so many people would bother to put a profile up online and then not put up decent photos of themselves. And current one’s. I don’t want to go out with you from 12 years ago. I want to go out with the current you. Show me a current photo. It’s online dating 101 and yet…so many people fail to grasp the importance of it. Shame really. I bet there are some really great people getting passed over because of their profile photos.

  • singledatingdiva
    June 30, 2012

    In my opinion the profile picture is one of the most, if not the most, important thing on your dating profile. When scrolling through profiles people look at the picture first, so it has to be good, accurate and reflect who you really are.

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