I find this hilarious, seeing as none of my girlfriends who are so gung-ho about this app would ever make the first move when we're actually talking to guys in real life. I already asked around to see how to make the first move IRL.
TL; DR: OKCupid’s study on male dating photos fails reproducibility If you’re a guy who uses online dating sites/apps, you’ve probably heard this one: don’t smile in your picture.
We know for certain that Ok Cupid knowingly made claims based on too little data because they had approximately 7 photos of male “flirty face” with no eye contact and they still drew conclusions about its effectiveness.
But, the men countered, women don’t necessarily know what they want.After all, Ok Cupid’s findings were based on behavior, not just talk, right? Like everyone else, we believed in Ok Cupid’s conclusions. But every time we looked into this, we found the same thing: daters who used Photofeeler for photo testing were getting right-swipes like never before.This leaves only smiling ugly guys at the bottom of the spectrum and grumpy hot guys at the top, making it look like being grumpy makes you hot.Building on the previous point, there’s the question of how many pictures of men not smiling and not making eye contact were in the data set to begin with.Giving Ok Cupid the benefit of the doubt, let’s say their sample was 50/50 male and female (even though it would likelier have skewed female). This is a good sample if you’re measuring a condition that will be present in all of the photos.
But the number of men who were not smiling and looking away (especially in early 2010, before Ok Cupid advised it) would be in the hundreds at most.Here are some possible reasons behind the differing results. Back in 2010, no one would publish “smiling works great in dating photos!! The over-sifting of the data set likely obscured other trends that were more responsible for profile success than the photo characteristics the study claimed to be measuring.For instance, it’s possible that the men in the top 20% of attractiveness were attractive and smiling, and the men in the bottom 20% of attractiveness were unattractive and not smiling.But the more data we collected about men’s dating photo attractiveness, the more it became undeniable: Ok Cupid’s advice wasn’t raising men’s photo scores. In fact, users reported 3-5x (200-400%) more matches!So the opinions on our site were translating directly into behavior.But, at the same time, widespread skepticism rose too.