Chances are high that you have profiles on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, dating sites and other content-sharing and social media platforms. Maybe you’re present on some of them, and maybe on several. We bet there is a difference in the type of content that you post there, and that you use different profile pictures of yourself. What kind of images are they?

And now think about all those times you’ve looked at other people’s social media accounts, glanced at them or really studied them. What were your impressions after seeing how people choose to represent themselves with their user pics?

Rapid technological progress has birthed new ethic concepts, new laws that regulate human interaction online. Your profile image is a simple thing, but at the same time, it’s one of the factors that contributes to forming the opinion about you at a time when opinions are often formed automatically without any verbal or non-verbal communication.

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What is your current profile pic game tells other about you?

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First of all, everyone sees the so-called open hints. Those are what literally lies on the surface, that is, your clear intentions behind the photo. Showcasing your new haircut, wearing a hat or including a friend - you did this deliberately.

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Hidden hints are more tricky to decipher, but often, the impressions prove to be truthful. Smiling directly at the camera? Others see it as confidence. If you’re standing in the distance, this may hint at insecurities. If you chose to showcase your family or children, this probably means you rely strongly on your closest ones and see them as a priority.

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If your profile pic is you doing something active like hiking, this indicates you have a rich life outside the world of office cubicles and computers. What about a wedding photo? Well, this could mean that this user wants the others to see the changes, the parts of their “grown-up” lives, talkless of the fact that those in their wedding attires are signalling they have a partner. Also, a wedding pic indicates that the marriage ceremony happened recently and the emotions are still fresh.

Those who often grace their feeds with updates about their lives, selfies or own photos of professional photoshoot quality tend to be narcissistic.

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A 2014 study, published in Psychological Science, found that subtle changes in one and the same person’s photo could give out a dramatically different vibe, influencing the disposition of other people.

So, how do we make a good first impression? Well, staged and obviously polished photos can do more harm than good. People always value authenticity more. If you ever decide to hire a photographer, try to find the one that creates a believable look.

And, of course, remember about the purpose of the platform you’re creating your profile for. Swimwear selfies aren’t going to earn you extra points on LinkedIn!

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