Demonstrating the kind of hard-hitting news the world comes to Forbes for every day, we can report now that how you look plays a major role in dating. Now, a new study indicates that shallow bottom line doesn’t change even in the Coronavirus era.
Skylum is the software developer behind Luminar – a photo-editing tool for average users looking to sweeten pictures like dating profile shots. The company published a new “Swipe Report” to examine the habits and values of singles active in the social media and online dating worlds. The study reveals one undeniable data point: No matter what self-righteous claims folks might make about what they look for in a partner, what really matters is how people look.
A new study from SkYLUM says a good dating profile photo is still important even in the time of … [+]
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In the survey conducted online with the third-party research firm YouGov, respondents stated “dating negatives” that might otherwise be red flags could be overlooked if someone had a good profile photo. Here’s what people are wiling to ignore for a pretty face:
- 28% of U.S.-based online daters indicated they are willing to overlook social preferences on drinking and smoking.
- 27% would overlook relationship goals from long-term to short-term to casual.
- 26% would ignore an education gap.
- Another 26% wouldn’t worry about politics.
- 23% would let height issues slide.
Additional results from Skylum indicate a good photo isn’t a sign of vanity, but rather a form of important self-expression The numbers from those same dating app and site users say:
• 58% would never connect with someone who didn’t have a photo.
• 25% think a good photo means you care more about dating.
• 43% hint they can get a better sense of someone’s personality based on their photos.
• 38% say the better the photos the more likely they are to swipe right or connect.
Looking at the results in reverse, Skylum looked into what visual elements were dealbreakers in the online dating world:
• 55% turned away when there was no photo.
• 34% rejected profiles with poor photo quality.
• 31% didn’t care for photo filters.
• 23% didn’t favor mirror pics or gym selfies.
The stats say the 18-34 age demographic is most likely to edit their photos. A total of 23% say they don’t care if people edit their photos, though 42% think they can tell when a photo is altered.