The Odd Effect Selfies Have On Your Chances Of Falling In Love

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The Odd Effect Selfies Have On Your Chances Of Falling In Love

Before you post another selfie, say, looking like an adorably freckled dog, on your OkCupid profile or upload it to one of your favorite dating apps — be it Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, or so on — the folks at Plenty of Fish gathered some interesting data about how different types of selfies affect the way people see you, and, as they say, "how a self-portrait can make or break your dating game."

Believe it or not, they found some fascinating information about how selfies affect your online dating experience.

First, of course, you must relax. Yes, there are ways selfies can negatively impact the effectiveness of your dating profile, but there is also a wealth of different ways selfies actually enhance your online dating experience.

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How Selfies Help You Find Love

  • 91 percent of singles have a selfie on their dating profile.
  • 86 percent of singles are more likely to message someone who has a selfie on their dating app profile.
  • 73 percent of singles believe selfies can be great conversation starters.
  • 60 percent of singles believe a selfie on someone's dating profile shows they're confident!
  • 51 percent of singles do not use filters, believing their own face is strong enough on its own!
  • 53 percent of singles take anywhere from 2-5 shots to get the perfect selfie, so (somewhere around) the third time's the charm.

I don't know about you, but these findings made me feel better about the wealth of selfies I have taken in the span of my relatively short life.

Show me someone who doesn't have a veritable graveyard of selfie outtakes on their phone, and I will show you a liar. Or, at the very least, I'll show you someone who is awesome at remembering to delete their pics and empty their trash folder.

If you feel guilty about using a selfie as your profile pic, these findings should be super reassuring, since it turns out that most people do the same.

When you think about it, this information does make a lot of sense. After all, it's not exactly the easiest or most comfortable thing in the world to ask a friend to take a photograph of you that you can use in order to find the man or woman of your dreams.

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In addition to uncovering all of these things that make selfies perfect to use in dating profiles, there are definitely some selfie sins people commit that could risk banishing you into the category of "totally undate-able," and at least one of them should not surprise you in the least.

How Selfies Decrease Your Chances of Finding Love

  • 67 percent of singles have taken a bathroom selfie.
  • The biggest selfie pet peeve (at 26 percent) is duck lips, followed by low image quality and a messy room in the background.

Guys, there's just no reason to do it. Most smartphones these days can be set up in such a way — via timers, mounts, selfie sticks, and the like — that you should be perfectly capable of taking the perfect shot without giving us any of that "I needed the mirror" nonsense.

Plus, if you're looking for privacy, there are roughly one million other locations where you can take a photograph that won't make potential partners feel a sudden need to go wash their hands.

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I have to admit that I personally might actually believe that posing with a duck-lipped pout is a more unforgivable self-portrait crime than taking a bathroom selfie. After we now live in an age when everyone knows what duck lips are, so there's literally no excuse to think you can get away with those sort of silly, and frankly, unflattering shenanigans.

To sum it all up, you won't find me or anyone else in the online dating sphere complaining about how so many people post selfies. In fact, it looks more suspect if you don't have one anywhere on your dating profile!

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Editor's Note: This article was originally posted in June 2018 and was updated with the latest information.

Rebecca Jane Stokes is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cats, Batman and Margot. She's the Senior Editor of Pop Culture at Newsweek with a passion for lifestyle, geek news, and true crime.