We all want to make the best impression we can online.
Whether you’re networking to look for a new job, keeping in touch with friends and family, or putting yourself out there in the world of online dating, so much of what people see of our lives is in the pictures we choose. People carefully curate images that represent themselves to showcase, and they don’t typically pick profile pics that are unflattering. But researchers are finding that there’s a surprising way to make sure that you’re choosing your best photos.
Psychologists at the University of South Wales recently published a study that says the perfect person to choose your best selfies is actually a stranger.
As anyone who claims to take bad pictures knows, we have a pretty warped sense of whether or not we look good. No matter how much friends may say we look great, we just can’t see it.
When it comes to first impressions, though, strangers learn a lot just by looking at us. When they see our pictures, the same rules apply.
Not only were strangers able to choose the most attractive or confident photos, they were also able to match them to the most appropriate online service.
The biggest difference was that the strangers were able to choose more photos that displayed competence and trustworthiness.
(via IFL Science)