By this point in your life, you've likely uploaded at least one picture to a social media site.
And in doing so, you probably took some time considering how your facial expression, location, outfit, what have you might be received by your friends, family and strangers.
So you can understand why when it comes to an online dating picture, it's a whole different ballgame.
But how can you choose from the variety of snaps on your smartphone to find the one that could lead to love?
Fortunately, dating sites (which, after all, have a vested interest in your use of them) have conducted plenty of research based on their users' profiles to determine which pictures get attention — of all sorts. Check out these do's and don'ts of pictures, and what they will mean for your online dating life: DO: Make It A Landscape Shot Landscape pictures, according to e Harmony's blog, are more likely to be clicked on than up-and-down or extremely close shots, likely because it gives people a better sense of the person's body, as well as their face.
DON'T: Crop Someone Out Along with falling into that narrow "up and down" no-no, cropping someone out results in less communication, according to e Harmony.
And besides, you really should have at least one good picture of you on your own somewhere.
Apparently showing the left side of your face in pictures is more aesthetically pleasing, according to Psych Central, and has the added bonus of showing more emotion.
DON'T: Feature Shots Of Your Buddy Even if it's the most platonic of friendships, don't include a picture of yourself with a member of the opposite sex if you're looking for a heterosexual relationship.In general, keep pictures confined to shots of yourself.DO: Upload A Bunch Of Pictures Give the people what they want!And in this context, that means a variety of pictures, so that prospects can get a good sense of what you look like, what you're into and so on.DON'T: Snap From Afar Though you don't want to get too close, you also don't want your picture to be taken from far away — that can seem as though you're hiding something about your appearance.DO: Show Your Left Side Real scientific research has gone into this one, so why not trust it?