It has to do more with neuroscience than superficiality.
Here are some basic answers to the questions you might be too embarrassed to ask.
In part because of how dating sites are designed, most of us see photos first, and that’s when we determine whether to read through the rest of a profile.
I’ve tracked and analyzed data, spoken to computer scientists and figured out what makes certain profiles successful.
I even wrote a book about what I learned – and included a final chapter written by the man who took me out on my last-ever first date.
I’d enjoy an exhilarating freedom – I could learn how to paint or wear yoga pants all weekend long if I wanted. We’d meet up later that day, when I’d discover that he was (a) five inches shorter than he listed in his profile; (b) “fun-employed” and no longer looking for a job; (c) still in some kind of relationship; (d) possibly a serial killer; (e) all of the above.
Best of all, there were hundreds of online dating sites waiting for me to sign on. I didn’t want to throw myself back into the dating pool. I wasn’t interested in meeting dozens of single men.
If you use Pinterest, which puts all its emphasis on photos, you already know the power of an image.
Years ago, I was just out of a terrible relationship and in no mood to date again.
My friends were all excited for my between-boyfriend time.