In his recent story on the analysis paralysis of online dating, New York Observer reporter Matthew Kassel wrote, "I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent swiping through Tinder, in a state of confused arousal, to find matches—in the bathroom, at work, walking down the street, even on Tinder dates—a sea of names and faces and random pornbots sloshing around in my brain."
Like many who have dipped their toes into Tinder's balmy waters, Kassel found it hard to predict what a woman would be like as a girlfriend based purely on a "mildly pornographic" photo, as he puts it.
It's impossible to deduce personality traits from a quick glance at a duckface iPhone photo. But a new study finds that, when it comes to first impressions, certain facial features do tend to convey specific personality characteristics to others with shocking consistency. You may not be an approachable-yet-dominant sexpot, but you sure look like one in your Facebook photo.
For the experiment, a group of researchers from the University of York in the United Kingdom gathered a set of 1,000 images of peoples' faces from around the web, all taken in different lighting and angles and depicting varying expressions. They marked 65 points around each face and measured the distances between them in order to determine things like the length of the eyebrows, the shape of the jaw, and the size of the eyes.