This might be one of the most interesting blog posts I have read in a few months. Like seriously, you guys. Any Facebook or Twitter or Social Network X profile picture is always the result of days of deliberation. What kind of message do I want to send with this picture? Do I look attractive in this picture? Am I even attractive in the first place? All of these questions come rushing every time we click “Edit Profile Picture”. Thankfully, the OkCupid blog has put up a post statistically analyzing different profile picture types. The results are fascinating.

In looking closely at the astonishingly wide variety of ways our users have chosen to represent themselves, we discovered much of the collective wisdom about profile pictures was wrong. For interested readers, I explain our measurement process, and how we collected our data, at the end of the post. All my bar charts are zeroed on the average picture. Now to the data.

What follows is some of the most eye-opening blog postage you will read today. As it turns out, guys do better if they show off their six packs. The author is smart to point out discrepancies in the data (like not everyone has a six pack). Also, most of this is conducted under the assumption that more is better when it comes to meetings or friend requests or whatever OkCupid uses. There is one part where Christian dives into the data of conversations that resulted from different types of pictures. Fascinating stuff.

The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures [OkTrends, The Official Blog of OkCupid.com]

What do you think? How much time do you spend deciding your next profile photo? Let’s get a discussion going in the comments.