Study by Bidvine Reveals Average Social Media Users Keep the Same Picture for 2 Years
Bidvine, an online local services marketplace, was interested in finding out how old an average profile picture on the internet is? They did a survey and found that most social media users did not change their profile pictures for 2 years. Even though, people check their social media accounts all the time and keep updating their whereabouts and statuses, some of them ignore changing their profile pictures for up to 4 years.
In an attempt to understand how people like to present themselves on the internet, Bidvine asked 2,000 British social media and online dating websites’ users that after how much time they feel like changing their profile pictures? The results were surprising.
The users of online dating applications like Grindr and Tinder said they do not keep the same profile picture for more than 2 to 3 weeks. On the other hand, the more common and famous social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram users admitted they do not switch profile pictures up to 6 months.
The results for the dating websites were pretty scary. Users of Plenty of Fish and Match.com would not care to change their profile pictures for more than 3.2 years and 4 years correspondingly. Be careful who you date online, next time!
Following you will find out how often people change their profile pictures on different social platforms and applications,
- 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
- com – 4 years
Another interesting yet creepy part of the survey is the revelation of 11% of the participants about using profile pictures that are more than a decade old. So, next time you’re dating a 30 something guy, make sure he is actually that much old!
Bidvine went ahead and asked the participants why their profile pictures didn’t get as much attention as their statuses and other stuff did? 62% of the subjects responded they hardly get pictures of them that they really like. 49% participants said they want to look younger on the internet, so they do not use their latest photos. Moreover, 1 out of 4 participants mentioned they feel insecure about their employer seeing their profile picture.
On seeing the results of the survey, Sohrab Jahanbani, CEO of Bidvine.com said,
“It is obvious from the results that older and more professional social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn have users that don’t change their profile pictures as often as younger and single people who feel more confident about sharing their latest pictures online.”
He went on to say,
“The study also helped us learn that people feel insecure about how they look in their pictures. If they don’t look good in a certain picture, they don’t put it on which is the main reason why the profile pictures remain the same for years. We’re planning on setting up pop up photo booths for people who have a hard time getting a good picture of them. These booths will give free professional photography services to such people because no matter what the picture is for, a wedding or a profile picture, professional photography is the best option. People will be informed when and where they could find our pop up photo booths.”