I often say that the world is a really different place now than it was when I was younger. Things like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram didn’t exist until I was well into my twenties and I was already a married woman, and growing up in a digital age must be quite tricky at times. It only takes a quick Google of a name to see stuff about people and there are photos of basically everyone and everything out there for all to see.

According to Facebook, I joined on Monday 25th June 2007 and this was my very first profile picture (you can tell it was taken pre-kids because  of how young, well-rested and relaxed I look!!):

First Facebook profile picture

Just recently, bidvine conducted a survey to see how long people’s profile pictures had been used for and the results were quite surprising. According to the research: “The results found that those using dating apps such as Grindr and Tinder were more likely to change their profile pictures more frequently (every 2-3 weeks), while Facebook and Instagram users on average would change their pictures every 5 to 6 months. Dating websites seemed to be the least up-to-date when it came to profile pictures, with Plenty of Fish users keeping the same profile picture for 3.2 years and Match.com users on average waiting 4 years to change their picture.”

People were also asked WHY they only changed their pictures with seeming rarity and the answer was quite simple – people don’t like the way they look in photos! According to the results, 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.

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.”

I change my profile fairly regularly so I’m quite surprised by how rarely other people change theirs – perhaps this makes me really vain?! How long ago did you change you profile picture? Do you wait until you’ve taken a picture that you love? Are you as surprised by the survey as me? Leave me a comment below!