In fact, researchers have proven that the “Ugly Friend Effect” not only exists, it works.
When you’re in a picture with guys less attractive than you, you look even more attractive by comparison.
When the lineup included “ugly Jerry,” Jerry was the favored one. If you have a friend who looks similar to you but less attractive, take some photos next time you’re together with him.
It’s important that you look great in the photo even with him cropped out of it, but with him in it, you’ll look even better.
In a single photograph you communicate that you're athletic and part of a social group, two highly desirable traits. The best online dating profile pictures feature you as the center of attention – you're making a slam dunk, catching the ball, or in control of it.
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.
While it’s true that a group photo does convey those traits, it only helps you if you look great in the photo AND you’re the most attractive one in it.
And if you're not that hot, don't worry – keep reading for how to be magnetic and irresistible to women, no matter what you look like.
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.
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?
Here’s where it gets challenging – she’s forming opinions on just about every aspect of what she sees, including your posture, facial expression, and the clothes you’re wearing.
The technical term for this is “thin slicing,” and everyone does it in just about any social situation.