As Tinder’s sociologist Jessica Carbino put it, why risk disappointing her when she realizes you’re not the one she was hoping to meet?
In fact, researchers have proven that the “Ugly Friend Effect” not only exists, it works.
The technical term for this is “thin slicing,” and everyone does it in just about any social situation.
To get on the good side of her first impression, your photos need to convey all the reasons you’re such a great catch.
Most group photos fail on one (or both) of those fronts, and it ends up working against you in the long run because it actually lowers your perceived attractiveness.
(Spoiler alert: it’s not the couch napper.)The secret lies in evolution – that's right, we're talking Darwin, survival of the fittest, alpha male theory.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.You're the captain of the ship, the one in the driver's seat, the guy making the toast… This almost goes without saying, but make sure you’re the hottest one in the frame of any group photo you choose.In his experiment, he showed women two pictures – one of “Tom”, the other of “Jerry” – and asked them which guy they considered more attractive.When presented with only two options, Tom and Jerry were evenly matched in the looks department.