To wit: a journalist was visiting our office recently, and when we told her we were researching user photos, the first thing she said was “please tell me people hate it when guys show off their abs.” We hadn’t finished running the numbers yet, so we confidently reassured her that people did. Of course, there is some self-selection here: the guys showing off their abs are the ones with abs worth showing, and naturally the best bodies get lots of messages.So we can’t recommend this photo tactic to every man.Since I'm far more familiar with men's profiles, I recruited some of my single male friends (and the Twittersphere) to help me with this post.The following list is my best attempt at summarizing the results of my informal survey, with a few of my own observations based on a bit of research I conducted myself.(Photo by Desiree Navarro/Wire Image)NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Jessica Simpson Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on September 8, 2015 in New York City.(Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson attend Jessica Simpson Collection - Presentation - Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Tavern on the Green on September 9, 2015 in New York City.: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux pack on the PDA in Paris Kylie Jenner's new Coachella look involves 'highlighter hair' -- see the pics!
Men’s photos are most effective when they look away from the camera and In terms of getting new messages, the My Space shot is the single most effective photo type for women.
We at first thought this was just because, typically, you can kind of see down the girl’s shirt with the camera at that angle—indeed, that seems to be the point of shot in the first place — so we excluded all cleavage-showing shots from the pool and ran the numbers again.
No change: it’s still the best shot; better, in fact, than straight-up boob pics (more on those later). The male “Ab Shot” has the same reputation as the My Space Shot — it’s an Internet cliché that supposedly everyone thinks is only for bozos.
For women, a smile isn’t strictly better: she actually gets the most messages by flirting directly into the camera, like the center and right-hand subjects above.
from the camera is the single worst attitude a woman can take.