How often do you change your profile picture? Often? Maybe never? Well, if you don’t change your profile photo on a regular basis, you’re certainly not alone. A survey that was conducted by www.bidvine.com found that people usually don’t change their profile pictures much at all. The company polled 2,000 British social media users, dating app users, and dating website users and were a bit surprised at the results.
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Social Media Users
People who used WhatsApp were found to change their profile picture about every 2 and a half months. From there, the time span becomes longer. Facebook users changed their profile images an average of every 5 months. Instagram users changed their profile image about every 6 months. SnapChat users changed theirs every 8 months. Twitter users changed their profile pictures every 1.8 years, and LinkedIn users changed their images every 2.1 years.
Another fact that was found was that 1 in 4 people polled wouldn’t want their boss to see their current Facebook profile picture.
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Dating App Users and Dating Website Users
Probably some of the most shocking results came from those who used dating apps and websites. These two categories had the biggest difference. People who used Grindr usually changed their profile pictures every 2 weeks, where as Tinder app users changed their’s every 3 weeks. That’s quite frequently. However, for dating website users, it was another story.
People who used the dating website Plenty of Fish changed their profile picture an average of every 3.2 years. Match.com users changed their profile picture every 4 years. That’s a long time.
Furthermore, 11% of users polled admitted that their profile picture was taken more than a decade prior.
Why Don’t People Change Their Profile Picture More Often?
When the people polled were asked why they didn’t change their profile picture more often, 62% of people said it was because they struggled to find pictures they were happy with. About 49% of those asked said that they wanted to look younger on their social medias, and therefore kept older profile pictures up for longer.
When CEO of bidvine.com, Sohrab Jahanbani, spoke about the results of the poll, she 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.”