One of the persistent issues in online dating is the photo issue. According to dating site surveys, having a picture on your profile increases your chances of being contacted tenfold, regardless of your appearance. Nonetheless, many people prefer to leave their photo areas empty. There are numerous reasons why you might decide not to upload a photo.
Some people are self-conscious about their appearance and believe that posting a photo will hurt their chances of finding a date, while others are embarrassed to look for love online and don’t want their friends or colleagues to find out. Still, some excellent reasons you should reconsider trying your luck with online dating without including a picture in your profile.
People will believe you’re not serious.
Most dating sites will require you to sign up before conducting comprehensive searches. As a result, some people create profiles to take a quick look around. If you’re looking and don’t plan on making contact immediately, you might not want to go through the trouble of finding a good photo and uploading it. However, if your profile contains little information and you do not upload a picture, people may assume you are a casual observer, even if you are more serious.
If the person viewing your profile is serious about finding a partner or a date online, they may decide not to contact you because it would be a waste of time. It’s important to remember that even if you’re looking, uploading a photo will get you a much better response.
People will believe you have something to conceal.
While some legitimate reasons why people may not want to upload a picture (as stated above), it is also quite common for the grounds to be less than honest. For example, people who are married or in a relationship frequently use the Internet to find people with whom to cheat. Such people, for obvious reasons, do not want their photographs to be made public.
For this reason, many online dating guides advise their readers to avoid profiles without pictures. Putting up a picture demonstrates that you have nothing to hide.
People will think you’re ugly.
It’s harsh, but it’s true. While different people have different tastes, denying them the opportunity to see what you look like may lead to them assuming the worst. Even if you are self-conscious about your appearance, you might be precisely what the other person is looking for. Why not let the other person make their own decision?
People will not find you in the search results at all.
Many people prefer not to contact and be contacted by people who have not uploaded a picture to the site for the reasons stated above. When searching for people on some dating sites, users can specify this. This means that your profile will not appear in their searches even if you meet all of their other search criteria.