Survey Reveals People Keep the Same Profile Picture for Years

Bidvine, an online marketplace for local services, conducted a survey revealing that the profile picture of a typical social media user remains unchanged for 2 years. Even though people regularly update their profiles, their profile picture stays the same for years.image-profile

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 users of Facebook and Instagram. The former does so every other week, while the latter does so after 5 to 6 months. People who use online dating platforms don’t change their profile pictures for about 4 years.

Stats About Changing Your Profile Picture

Social media users and members of dating platforms were asked how many times they changed their profile pictures, and the findings 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 social media and online dating website users admitted that the last time they uploaded a profile picture was 10 years ago, which is very surprising.

When asked 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 finding was that 1 in 4 people didn’t want their employer to access their profile picture.

Speaking about the findings, Sohrab Jahanbani, CEO of said,

“Looking at the frequency with which people change their profile photos, it appears that older, more traditional 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, professional photos make a difference, whether it’s for a wedding, a company headshot, or your online profile. We’ll announce city and photo booth dates on our website shortly.”

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