"I don't think it looks like you're looking for a relationship" said Alex Williamson, vice president of branded content for dating app Bumble.
These photos are so despised that Bumble decided to ban them outright in October, saying people tended to pass most frequently on profiles with those pics.
That's what I learned after talking with dating services for tips about what works and, more important, doesn't work when you're trying to attract a date. Data shows that profile pictures like these -- extremes that forget the point is to present an attractive self-- ultimately don't work.
And being good at online dating isn't just about the hookup culture, it's about potentially finding your life (or next) partner.
So, if your ideal date is bringing along your niece to see that new Marvel movie, keep it to yourself. Bottom line: A study from Evidence-Based Medicine found the best approach to a profile is to spend 70 percent of it discussing yourself and 30 percent about who you're looking for.
Ok Cupid found that you have an 84 percent chance of being ignored if you send a message that just says "hey." Instead, try something visual (no, not like Anthony Weiner).
Oh, and everyone agrees: Bathroom mirror selfies are the worst.
Men's profile pictures were more popular when the man looked away from the camera and didn't smile. (No one said life was fair when it comes to dating.) Another winner is travel.
Show yourself in an exotic location and your message is 30 percent more likely to lead to a conversation.
So what are the best ways to boost the odds of finding that special someone with whom to share your heart and Wi-Fi password? Online dating service Ok Cupid looked at the data of various sexual orientations, and the pattern was obvious.
Tip: If you upload more than one photo, you get at least twice as many likes. Well, you've got a leg up if you're a pet owner with frequent flier miles.