Apparently, others’ perceptions of your trustworthiness can actually be affected by how glammed up you are in your photo, according to a new study from University of Connecticut researchers.
For the study, 305 men and women between ages 17 and 36 were randomly assigned to view one of four profile pictures of the same male and female.
These profile shots offered two different versions of a single guy and gal — one was beautified (i.e.
amped-up lighting, makeup, and hair) and the other was non-beautified (satisfactory lighting, no makeup, no hair primping).
The study volunteers were then asked questions about the person’s attractiveness, potential trustworthiness, and desirability.
One of the profiles used in the study: The top profile photo is pre-beautification, while the bottom photo is post-beautification.
(Photo courtesy of men perceived the lady in the glam shot as being more attractive, yet less trustworthy, than in the non-dolled-up photo.
However, the females found the “enhanced” photo of the men to be more attractive and trustworthy.
While it’s hard to say the exact cause of this association, study researcher Rory Mc Gloin tells Yahoo Health that he thinks men “have become expectant that the females are going to do everything they can to get their attention.
I think it’s a byproduct of the fact that they know women have more tools available to them—and by that, I mean makeup and hair style, etc.”Related: Can 36 Questions Make You Fall in Love — With Anyone?
Another profile used in the study: The top photo is pre-beautification and the bottom photo is post-beautification.