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Prepare for autumn dating & review your profile photo

Are your toes really as big as your balcony?

As the nights draw in and the colder weather sets in, we can all look forward to wrapping up for brisk walks and cosy nights in by the fire.  With Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas on the horizon, now is the time to start building relationships ready for this outdoor season! To improve your chances of meeting the right new people, now is the time to look through your profile and make sure you are presenting your best in your profile.

Photos to attract Senior Singles …

Lets face it, it takes courage to post your photo on a senior dating site.  I remember being nervous about the first time, that someone at work might see me, and that by posting my picture, I was inviting colleagues to read my profile (or not!).  I soon discovered that I was getting little interest, and no one was looking at my profile with no photo – so I took the plunge and posted one.  Then, after a while, I posted a nicer one, particularly when I saw the lovely pictures that some people post.  It is very much a first impression thing – we wouldn’t wear a shabby suit to a job interview now would we!

What works well on Dating sites?

It is a well know fact among dating sites that photos improve a person’s chance of attracting viewers to their profile.  Recent research of 7000 profiles by OKCUPID has revealed some interesting trends and effectiveness  of different types of photos on dating site profiles.

Photos of women tend to receive more interest (contact via the dating site) if the subject is looking directly at the camera, smiling or is engaged in doing something interesting.  The “Myspace photo” where the subject is taking a self portrait from their mobile camera, and looking upwards, tends to receive the most interest.  Although shots of cleavage (particularly in youth) attracted greater response, generally this interest was not reciprocated – so in the end attracted the “wrong sort”… but then we all knew that anyway didn’t we!

Conversely, male shots received more interest, or were more likely to be responded to, if they didn’t look at the camera, and were NOT smiling.  Women prefer to see their men outdoors, perhaps with their chest revealed (particularly among the younger population!) and also to see men with their pets!  Men were not interested in women with pets or travel pictures.

Most surprisingly, our heads don’t need to be in the photo to attract interest.  A photo of you climbing some spectacular scenery, or perhaps a photo of your hands busy creating a clay pot, or playing a piano’s keys attracts interest, and makes it easy to strike a conversation, particularly to those interested in that same hobby.

Suggestions for over 40s dating photos?

Take the above research as you will, it is in the end what you feel comfortable with.  The most important thing about your photo, is that you are honest.  It may be a picture of feet, caked in ashes and black charcoal – but as long as it is YOUR feet that ran through the fire, then the photo is a way to start a conversation, and says a LOT about you.  A word of warning however, we do advise that you see a photo of anyone you are likely to meet head of any face to face meeting.  Best of luck with your photos, and have a great time meeting other senior singles.

Paula

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