How is it like to select a profile picture for yourself? Confusing isn't it?
Don't worry, let the stranger do the choosing for you.
According to a study, people who are not good at picking out good pictures of themselves for online display pictures, strangers can better help them out doing so.
Researchers from University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia found that images selected by strangers convey more favourable first impressions than pictures people select for themselves."
Our finding suggest that people make poor choices when selecting flattering images of themselves for online profile pictures, which affects other people's perception of them," said David White, from UNSW.
"This effect is likely to have a substantial impact on online interactions, the impressions people form and the decisions they base on them, including whether to employ, date, befriend or even vote for someone," White said.
Previous studies have shown that people make judgements about an individual's character and personality within a split second of seeing a photograph of a face.
To substantiate the study, the researchers conducted an experiment where they asked 102 students to select two out of 12 photos of their own face that they were most or least likely to put as their display picture.
Once chosen, participants were then asked to do the same for 12 images of a randomly selected stranger who had participated in the study.Researchers found that the images people had selected for themselves made a less favourable impression than images selected by others.