The effect of dating on line
When it comes to presenting yourself online — such as your profile pic for Facebook or even Tinder — which type of photo do you chose?The selfie you've taken after careful consideration of lighting, hair and maybe make-up? ) Or the group photo with friends, possibly less styled, but that captures a moment among peers?It might come as a surprise that it's the group photo will make you look more attractive — it's a phenomenon known as the "cheerleader effect".The cheerleader effect is real, but perhaps not for the reasons you think.The group shot with friends may indeed communicate you are sociable and friendly, but this is not what is making you more attractive.The real explanation boils down to how human brains deal with information.
This is known as top-down processing, where the whole element is perceived before individual characteristics.
Well, you can apply this information when selecting a profile picture.
Perhaps you're seeing someone new, and suspect they could be doing a little Facebook research on you.
In 2003, scientific evidence of the cheerleader effect was published in a paper where across five studies, both males and females were rated more attractive when presented as part of a group photo compared to a solo photo.
The authors, Drew Walker and Edward Vul, presented 130 participants with group photographs containing three female faces or three male faces.