Have you ever made an appointment to meet someone online and when you meet them in person you find that they are almost unrecognizable? Over the past few years, many people have increased online presence, with social media, Zoom, LinkedIn, personal websites, etc. are becoming important ways to connect and work or socialize remotely. Of course, most of these platforms have the option to include a profile picture. When was the last time you updated yours?
“The header is a greeting. It’s the first impression, and like it or not, we live in a visual world,” says Craig Toron of Toron Photography. Over the past year, people often hear stories about people gaining weight, losing weight or stop dyeing your hair. Now that many people are back in the office, there can be a difference between the way we look in person and the photos we use to represent ourselves online. First impressions matterBut how big of a problem would it be if we looked different in real life than in our digital images?
Peggy Loo, a psychologist at Manhattan therapy group, says, “There is always a moment of recalibration when we first see a photo of someone and then we meet them in real life. It can be less about “if” it happens and more about “how much” the internal adjustment happens. For example, meeting someone on a first date who is more attractive than their profile is a nice surprise. Meanwhile, seeing a doctor who looks much younger than their photo can make you pause in terms of how much experience they have.”
Photos give us a general idea of how a person appears, but there are many features that two-dimensional images cannot provide. “This is especially true for height and stature, which cannot be told from a single photograph,” says Loo. “From a clinician’s point of view, there are therapy patients that I haven’t seen in person because we start seeing each other in 2020 through teletherapy. Until this year I’ve only seen them from the shoulder up! I have met patients who are much taller or shorter than I imagined, and the discovery of those details forced me to revise my overall picture of who they were. It also gives me insight into how other people see them (e.g. a petite woman appearing in an interview will elicit different impressions from a very tall person). As a cognitive-behavioral psychologist, one of the areas of development that I always encourage is cognitive flexibility, or the ability to change your perspective or the way you think. I think the extent and speed with which you ‘recover’ from modifying first impressions probably depends on how flexible you are in terms of perception.”
Unfortunately, Some people will make assumptions about you based on a photo, and those impressions paint a picture of how we see someone. “The first thing people come across is the disparity” between how you present yourself in photos and how you look in real life, explains Marion Dino, a retired human resources executive and career coach. “You want to convey that you are trustworthy. Most people aren’t judgmental on purpose, but we all have unconscious biases, and it’s easy to be perceived as dishonest if you don’t represent yourself accurately.” Most of the time, a resume doesn’t include a profile photo, but “employers look at LinkedIn and other social media platforms,” says Dino. “You don’t want to leave the impression that you’re not authentic.”
With this information, it might seem simpler to not include a profile picture, especially if you’re concerned about discrimination. However, missing a photo can also be a problem. fake profile on almost every platform is common and not all fields are filled out especially photo section, accounts seems incomplete proved less reliable. Viewers may wonder what you’re trying to hide and can “easily dismiss someone and find excuses not to pursue them as a candidate,” says Dino, rather than dig deeper to confirm. recognize that they are suitable for the position of the candidate. Position.