The University of Connecticut researchers said that correcting the quality of a woman’s image in a photo in fact could intensify attractiveness but at the same time could diminish trust.
Using photo shop to enhance a woman’s face would be a mistake, this is according to the University of Connecticut research team. The face would look even more beautiful but its attractiveness vastly diminished.
Trust is the essence of every relationship. This more so when starting a new one.
“Yet, we found an interesting relationship between attractiveness and trust for males who were viewing female profile pictures,” said lead researcher Rory McGloin.
But, there’s something in improved faces that would make men shrink from trusting a woman.
“Our research also found that males found the beautified profile as more attractive and had a higher desire to date the person in the picture despite the lower degree of trustworthiness they reported,” the authors noted.
It shows that men would still go on and meet a woman even if there is a doubt that the woman would look the way she would in the photo.
“In our sample, attraction seems to be more important than trust,” McGloin added.
To complete the study, researchers concentrated their attention on 305 participants where ages ranged from 17 –36.
They were each asked a number of questions to examine how the images appeal to them, the resemblance (as to how the participant would look at it) , truthfulness and most of all their determination to go out with the woman in the image.
“This finding provides an empirical highlight to the concept of cat-fishing and the larger phenomena surrounding online dating in which it is both normal and acceptable for individuals’ to mislead or deceive their potential suitors,” the authors concluded.
The result of the study will then be unveiled by the team this month from May 21-25 at the 65th annual conference of the International Communication Association in San Juan , Puerto Rico .