Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.

Most services also encourage members to add photos or videos to their profile.

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Researchers believe that when you are smiling at someone else in a photo or looking off into the distance that potential matches don’t feel the same connection as they do when they seem to lock eyes with you from a photo taken with you staring into the camera.

For men, the statistics show that you’re best off looking away from the camera without a smile.

But, if you really want your pictures to get attention, OKCupid found that other facial expressions perform better with potential matches.

For women, a flirty smile given into the camera is your best bet.

Sure, we’ve all heard not to judge a book by its cover.

But in the online dating world, sometimes a picture is all you have to go by! Picking out photos to use can feel like a lot of pressure, especially if you’re someone who likes to avoid the camera. Major online dating companies regularly complete large-scale surveys to figure out exactly what potential matches find attractive.

Strangely enough, the most effective photos for women are often selfies taken at the “Myspace angle” where the photo is taken from an angle high above the head.

The best profile photos will lead to a conversation.

Be true to yourself so that you can build a strong foundation for whatever kind of relationship you are interested in.

Online dating (or Internet dating) is a system that enables strangers to find and introduce themselves to new personal connections over the Internet, usually with the goal of developing personal, romantic, or sexual relationships.

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