(Note: Don’t use this as the primary photo on your profile.
And since most schools don’t teach how to take a good Tinder photo, you’ll find plenty of examples of good picture ideas for guys you can use for inspiration. Studies have shown that women take about 1/10th of a second to form an impression of someone in a photograph.
If she has a bad impression of you from the start, she's not clicking on your profile or responding to your message.
In fact, researchers have proven that the “Ugly Friend Effect” not only exists, it works.
When you’re in a picture with guys less attractive than you, you look even more attractive by comparison.
Think of it this way – she’s going to imagine herself in the lifestyle the photo conveys. You're visually communicating that you’re interesting, you'll take her to exotic places, and most importantly, that you have the financial means to do it.
Here’s a comparison so you can see how signalling works: Which guy do you think she’d rather spend time with?
When presented with only two options, Tom and Jerry were evenly matched in the looks department.
But when Ariely provided an ugly version of Tom in the photo lineup, suddenly Tom was rated as more attractive.
In a single photograph you communicate that you're athletic and part of a social group, two highly desirable traits. The best online dating profile pictures feature you as the center of attention – you're making a slam dunk, catching the ball, or in control of it.
What you AREN'T is the guy in the background, watching the action go down around you. If you’re hiking with a small group of friends, you’d want to be the one leading the way.
While it’s true that a group photo does convey those traits, it only helps you if you look great in the photo AND you’re the most attractive one in it.