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In terms of age group, 18-to-24-year-olds often appeared in their profile photos as cheerleaders, which is consistent with what women in this age group may be doing.
What is rather perplexing is that some women in this age group also appeared with .
Interestingly in this age group women start to post photos of themselves as bridesmaids, and the wedding might be a subtle hint that they are looking for a longer-term relationship, or more plausibly, that they associate with a peer group who are getting married.
Other common characteristics at this age are women wearing cocktail dresses and academic dress, which is indicative of the age at which they are graduating.
In terms of female appearance, long hair was featured over 27% of the time, with detectable evident in just 13.4% of photos.
The study also found that muscles were shown 4.5% of the time, while freckles and body piercings were hardly ever evident.
Overall, the gender and age differences in profile pictures are consistent with and support what evolutionary psychology says about the ways in which males and females of different ages advertise themselves to the opposite sex.
As men get older (35 to 44), there is evidence that their online dating profiles change and begin to show themselves possessing intellectual expertise — musical talent, for example — or behaving in a way which indicates some degree of relationship commitment.
Similarly, and at the right age, posing in a photo with a child could be interpreted as a subtle signal that a person wants children of his or her own.
Around 47% of males and 53% of females display children in their dating profiles, with the numbers decreasing with age.
One third of male profile pictures show men with beards, and 13% show males wearing glasses or sunglasses.
However, only 5% of the pictures scanned in this study featured males who were .
Your profile picture is the first thing potential dates see when they browse your online profile and it is therefore important to get it right.