Bidvine, an online local services marketplace, undertook a survey which reveals that the profile picture of a regular social media user remains unchanged for 2 years. Even though, people update their profiles all the time, their profile picture remains the same for years.
The revelation came when Bidvine asked 2,000 British people who actively use social media and online dating websites, how often they change their profile pictures.
The results indicate that users of Grindr and Tinder – dating apps – change their profiles more often than the users of Facebook and Instagram. The former does so every other week, while the latter after 5 to 6 months. People who use online dating platforms don’t change their profile pictures for about 4 years.
Social media users and members of dating platforms were asked how many times they changed their profile pictures, and the results were:
- 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
The survey also revealed that 11% of the social media and online dating websites’ users admitted that the last time they uploaded a profile picture was 10 years ago, which is very surprising.
On asking why they didn’t change their profile pictures regularly, 62% admitted they couldn’t easily find satisfying pictures of themselves, while 42% said they wanted to appear younger than they actually are in their profile pictures.
Another interesting revelation was that 1 in 4 people didn’t want their employer to access their profile picture.
Talking about the results 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.”