Your Facebook Profile Picture Impacts Your Attractiveness

A study conducted by students at the University of Missouri found that the type of picture posted as your Facebook profile picture directly impacts a person's social and physical attractiveness. According to the results of the research positive comments and social cues are very beneficial to the perception tied to a user's virtual and real-world life.

"People tend to rely more on other-generated information than self-generated information when forming impressions," said Seoyeon Hong, a doctoral student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism. "In other words, opinions of other people matter more than the target person’s own self-presentation. Thus, for social networking users concerned about forming a desired impression, being aware of other-generated information about oneself is paramount in the goal of achieving a positive self-presentation."

There may be those who simply do not care how they are perceived by others, but if we remind ourselves that third parties, including possible employers are using Facebook these days to research job candidates, then it is common sense to make sure that a profile picture makes the best possible impression - as long as that profile is publicly accessible. Hong noted that "cues" that would tie a user to sports or music help to achieve a positive perception.

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  • dameon51
    I thought I was loosing my hair because i was old, but its actually just because yoda is my facebook profile pic? If only I would of known...
  • Vestin
    Apparently, we're heading towards a world where grandmas will get upset over the way kids look and dress for their Facebook pics, rather than daily lives. One step ahead, two steps behind...
    My Current Profile Picture is Agent 47 hiding in a Giant Doughnut - how more attractive can you get?
  • runswindows95
    Mine is the Guinness logo. Does that make me dead sexy? Yes it does. Thank you beer goggles!
  • flamethrower205
    And mine is a snapshot of the aftereffects of doing the milk gallon challenge. Girls love it.
  • Mine is a picture of a muscular toga man, well bathed in olive oil, ready to strike lighting. Worshiped by women, for women.
  • Northwestern
    I've abandoned my account and purged all personal information from it. So this really isn't much of a bother to me.
  • schnitter
    This study is true. I put a picture of a hand holding a bunch of 100 dollar bills and I cant delete the messages faster than I am getting them. Most are people asking to borrow money, but some are from girls.
  • mrmez
    Wow. Interesting stuff.
    Guess if i take down my profile picture of me picking my nose, I'll get a girl and a job.
    Simply fascinating stuff!
  • acadia11
    Why does facebook exist again?