An online local services marketplace conducted a survey that resulted in some interesting findings and one was that average social media profile picture has an age of 2 years. We are so addicted to the social media that the first thing we do when we get up checks social profiles for any updates and majority of us update our profiles daily but the profile pictures can be up to 4 years old.
Another survey conducted by Bidvine to find out how individuals in a society present themselves to others in the general public and around 2,000 British persons were interviewed who are active social media and dating site users.
The results were again surprising telling us that the people using dating apps such as Grindr and Tinder were more conscious regarding their profile picture as they use to change it every 2-3 weeks whereas, the Facebook and Instagram profile pictures are changed after 5-6 months.
Some dating websites seemed to be least up-to-date like Plenty of Fish users said that they have not changed their profile picture for 3.2 years and on Match.com the time period goes up to 4 years.
Blow are some statistics which were reached by asking individuals among the general public that when was the last time they changed their profile pictures on different social networks which they use actively:
- Grindr – 2 weeks
- Tinder – 3 weeks
- WhatsApp – 2.5 months
- Facebook – 5 months
- Instagram – 6 months
- SnapChat – 8 months
- Twitter – 1.8 years
- LinkedIn – 2.1 years
- Plenty of Fish – 3.2 years
- Match.com – 4 years
Surprisingly, 11% of those polled admitted that the pictures used for their online profiles were taken more than 10 years ago.
Participants were also asked, “If you don’t change a profile photo regularly, why do you think this is?” the majority of respondents (62%), stated that they struggled to find pictures they were happy with, while nearly half (49%) admitted that they wanted to appear younger to others looking at their profiles.
The research also found that 1 in 4 people would not want their boss to see their current Facebook profile picture. Talking about the results Sohrab Jahanbani, CEO of Bidvine.com said,
“Looking at the regularity with which people change their profile photos, it appears that older, more conventional dating websites and the networks people use on a regular professional basis, such as LinkedIn and Twitter lag behind, while younger single people are more likely to want to use newer photos.
“It appears that people don’t change their photos because they struggle to find photos of themselves they like. So with this in mind, Bidvine is setting up pop-up photo booths offering free professional photography for those who want to update their social media profile pictures. As we all know, whether it’s for a wedding, a company headshot or your online profiles, professional photos make a difference. We’ll be announcing cities and dates for the photo booths on our website shortly.”