But, contrary to everything you read about profile pictures, if you’re a guy with a nice body, it’s actually better to take off your shirt than to leave it on.
We would never suggest to a Fitzgerald or a Dave Eggers to limit his profile to 100 words, and so why should guys with great bodies keep their best asset under wraps?
As you would expect, women get fewer and fewer new messages as they age (which is a topic for another whole post!
), but this decrease in new contacts is substantially slower for women with cleavage pics.
We at first thought this was just because, typically, you can kind of see down the girl’s shirt with the camera at that angle—indeed, that seems to be the point of shot in the first place—so we excluded all cleavage-showing shots from the pool and ran the numbers again.
No change: it’s still the best shot; better, in fact, than straight-up boob pics (more on those later). The male “Ab Shot” has the same reputation as the My Space Shot—it’s an Internet cliché that supposedly everyone thinks is only for bozos.
For interested readers, I explain our measurement process, and how we collected our data, at the end of the post.