“The results are in — we find it more attractive when people fully face the camera. This is especially important for men. Why? Fronting is a nonverbal sign of respect. When you are really engaged with someone you align your entire body with theirs.”
I bet this is likely to be smirked at (and then clicked on).
Behavioral expert Vanessa Van Edwards, author of the book Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, shares eight ways to make your profile pic more attractive based on scientific research.
The suggestions include to avoid hiding behind hats and sunglasses, avoid closed mouth smiles, include your hands in the photo, and more.