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Joined: 9/28/2013
Msg: 91
How much of a difference do pictures make?Page 5 of 5    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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of course flattering pics will make a huge difference
Joined: 9/17/2013
Msg: 92
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How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 10/17/2013 9:07:14 AM

I have posted the same pic and profile text with a height of 6-1 and my real height of 5-6.
the one that got responses - the one with the fake height.

Why does this surprise you? You don't think that 7 inches of height should make a difference? If you set up a meeting under the fake profile the person you are meeting would have every right to be pissed off and walk out without saying a word.

I preferred not to date a woman taller than me. I also prefer not to date a woman that is less than 5'2". Height is one of many physical attributes that I look for. Some are deal breakers and some are preferences. The first thing I looked at when I was looking at profiles were the picture. If not attracted to the person, I move on.

It amazes me that if someone has physical requirements that they are considered shallow. Sorry but that is so much BS. I have to be attracted to my partner. I am not going to "settle"
Joined: 10/18/2013
Msg: 94
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 10/22/2013 12:31:49 PM
Kind of a damned if you do/damned if you don't scenario..some users don't have a pic, ya feel frustrated that they don't bother to show themselves, and some that do have's like yikes!!!! Why would you post a picture like that?!?
Joined: 10/18/2013
Msg: 95
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 10/22/2013 12:40:40 PM
I didn't think there was such a thing as bad cleavage shots, till I signed up on POF
Joined: 9/17/2013
Msg: 96
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 10/22/2013 12:48:07 PM

and facial features can tell a lot about a person.

Such as?
Joined: 12/4/2013
Msg: 97
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 12/9/2013 9:03:00 AM
On another post the question was about dating a blind person. One has to wonder how a blind person approaches dating. So many here on POF insist on "seeing" the person as the first step in the dating process. I ask what the first thing is that a blind person looks for in another when it comes to dating?

Does a blind person have an advantage here, because he/she is checking out who the other person really is - and not worrying about appearances - given that one's appearance changes over time, and in the case of the internet, often what one sees is not the real thing (what with photo-shop and not knowing just when the picture was actually taken, etc.)

Some need a picture. Others do not. It all depends on the individual.
Joined: 12/2/2013
Msg: 98
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 12/9/2013 9:14:26 AM
I don't have any pictures posted. I do have pictures -- I just can't get past that "advertising" of oneself. But that's all explained in my profile.

My girlfriend has a picture posted on here. She consistently attracts less-than-quality people who seem mainly interested in her appearance. She's quite pretty. In my own experience, I find I attract better quality men than she does -- even without pictures. And most of them don't have pictures posted either. I will say, I've been quite pleased with the appearance of the couple of men I've received pictures from.
Joined: 3/10/2013
Msg: 99
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 12/9/2013 9:35:49 AM
I can understand not having photos on a profile. After all, I don't have a real photo on mine either. But one should have photos available to send after contact has been initiated. They can be stored on POF as "private" and attached to POF messages, or can be stored on one's hard-drive and attached to email. However, if one has NO PHOTOS at all, one is not likely to ever meet someone via a dating site. Photos at least give one a clue whether or not one will be attracted. Back when personal ads were in vogue, I did meet a few men who did not provide photos. It was usually a waste of time. I won't do that again. I will not continue correspondence if photos are not forthcoming. Indeed, I usually click right past any profile that does not contain a photo.
Joined: 12/4/2013
Msg: 101
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 12/13/2013 10:19:22 AM
If you are a female, with a great body and put up a few pics in a bikini, then like this 37 year old gal put in her profile...

"About Me
Just checking this out. Let's be honest, appearance is what starts a conversation anyway. If you like what you see, send me a message. "
Joined: 10/30/2013
Msg: 102
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 12/13/2013 5:59:25 PM
I have been on dates that the guy has looked liked his picture, and some don't. Some look better, and some look worse. Pictures can be misleading on both sexes. I get an idea of what the person looks like through pictures, but won't judge until I see in person.
Joined: 7/1/2011
Msg: 103
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 12/13/2013 8:09:21 PM
Ok here's the wee bit that I know: when I first started online dating I didn't know how to upload pics. 1 stole my thumb drive stick thingy. Yes I am Tech challenged so I made it a point to be very detailed in my profile so that he could get a feel for the person I am... even asked if they would be brave enough to chat/meet without a pic. Bingo... had some fantastic dates. We exchanged emails, talked on the phone and met.

I didn't care about their pics, I was more interested in getting to know the man and what were his characteristics period. I also didn't go by a time limit. I had 2 shitake mushroom dates (one had hands of a octopus & liar and the other thought recreational cocaine was ok). My dates were romantic picnic on the beach, jet ski date, swimming pool party, boating, went to family bbq (first date) meet them all LOL, wine tasting, very nice dinners, an art exhibit etc. Just haven't met the one... rofl

I have learned a lot about ppl and more importantly about myself. The "I know in 10 min. " scenario well I can tell if they are at ease or uptight but I don't bail. At least not yet LOL. I have been so lucky to have met some great guys and a couple are dear friends. Now I have taken a break from dating, almost a yr but I am eager again to start. I want to share my life with someone who I care about and they care about me. Time waits for no one.
Joined: 10/18/2013
Msg: 104
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 12/14/2013 8:09:08 AM
Well considering the settings limit those without pictures from contacting you(as mine is set), I'd say it makes a huuuge difference to those without pictures, having a pic should be mandatory for having a profile on a dating site IMO! When I see a profile without a picture, it tells me ...that A, they are ashamed of their appearance, B, involved with someone else and afraid of being caught browsing or C, that they're just not putting in the same serious effort to find someone that I am.

Rosewood girl...well done on the full body shot, looks great!
Joined: 6/19/2007
Msg: 106
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 1/1/2014 2:33:54 PM
If I am not physically attracted to the man it isn't going anywhere. That is just the bottom line. I've said it before and I'll say it again - you can grow to love a person but you can't force yourself to lust a person. Pictures are important. Of course he could be dead sexy and his profile may read like a special needs 5th grader wrote it and I will pass him by. I am searching for a mutually mental and physical attraction.
Joined: 9/5/2011
Msg: 107
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Posted: 1/1/2014 2:40:44 PM
Couple of guys I've met on here and off elsewhere seem to say I look totally different in my pics. I think might be that I'm not all tarted up for first date in a coffee shop etc I'm not really sure. Puts me off. Meeting new guys. Only happend the twice through.
Joined: 9/8/2012
Msg: 108
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How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 1/1/2014 4:03:43 PM
We all have our preferences.

I like a fit, athletic guy. Flat stomach trumps a crooked nose.. Don't care about height, looks, hair, etc.

Winners....cycling, hiking, active photos, trucks, drinking, dead fish and hunting or bubba activities.

The next woman will have her own preference.

It takes 30 seconds to edit a profile. A smart guy would read a woman's profile and then add a few lines and a particular photo to his own. Put his best self forward for that woman....then send a message.
Joined: 12/29/2013
Msg: 109
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 1/1/2014 6:40:51 PM

Have any of you been pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprised by the person you've encountered on a first meeting? .... I've been on a couple of dates so far and the men haven't looked the same as in their pictures - not worse; just different.
I've had this same experience. People usually look different in photos, but I can't say whether its been bad or good -- just different. There have also been times where I've been on the fence about someones looks, but meet them and am pleasantly surprised.

Is it right to take a chance on people where I'm unsure whether I'm attracted on a first glance at some of their photos? Or should I move on quickly instead?
There have been a few instances where I wasn't really attracted to someones photo, but maybe they gave me a nice compliment so I thanked them. This lead to some good conversation, we ended up going out and having an amazing time. So I try to be open minded about pictures.
Joined: 9/17/2013
Msg: 110
How much of a difference do pictures make?
Posted: 1/1/2014 6:57:34 PM

Is it right to take a chance on people where I'm unsure whether I'm attracted on a first glance at some of their photos?

The key word here is "some".
I have seen some women's profiles with multiple photos where they look very attractive in some and so-so in others. Lighting, makeup, camera quality, etc. can make someone look more or less attractive in a photo. Also, not as common anymore, but the old webcam photos would often be grainy and could make a person look less attractive than they might really be. So, keeping an open mind is a definite plus. It's not a question of it being "right" or "wrong" to take a chance, but more a matter of being informed and sensible. As long as someone does not look completely repulsive in every photo, if they have a photo, they should remain a possibility.
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