According to data analysis by Zoosk, they decrease messages received by 42%. Think about other traits a biologically superior mate has, to continue with our alpha male theory.
And this almost goes without saying, but make sure you’re the hottest guy in the frame of any photo you choose. When a woman looks at your photos, she's going to imagine herself in the lifestyle the photo conveys.
And if you're thinking about skipping photos altogether, consider what Steven D. Dubner wrote in their book “Freakonomics”: A low-income, poorly-educated, unhappily employed, not very attractive slightly overweight and balding man who posts his photo stands a better chance at gleaning some emails than a man who says he makes $200,000 a year and is deadly handsome but doesn't post a photo.
If you still need more proof, try posting a profile on Match without a photo – a graphic quickly informs you that profiles with photos draw 15 times more interest. To answer this question, let's think for a moment about what the images represent.
You're drowning in competition, people get tons of messages, and you feel like you have to be quick and funny and hot and active and skinny and like, INSTANTLY catch someone's eye if you want to have a flying chance at keeping a conversation going.
But sadly, things won't always go your way, and the assholes you write to aren't always going to respond the way you want them too.
The secret lies in evolution – that's right, we're talking Darwin, survival of the fittest, alpha male theory. In a single photograph you communicate that you're athletic and part of a social group, two highly desirable traits. Make sure you're the center of attention – you're throwing the ball, catching the ball, or tackling someone to get the ball.