What Barbra Streisand can teach us about choosing profile pictures

As a Barbra Streisand fan, and the fact that she turns 70 today, I feel I must mention her in this post (you’re welcome, Babs!) By now I’m sure you’ve heard the stories about how adamant she is about getting photographed from her “best” (i.e. left) side. I believe even the infallible Oprah had to make some concessions for her in terms of interview-chair-placement before she agreed to be on the show. But according to recent research, Babsie is on to something.

A new study out of Wake Forest University suggests that photos featuring the left side of the face are perceived by others as more pleasant when compared with pictures featuring the right side of the face. It is suggested that this is because we present more emotion with the left side of the face. What was really interesting was that when the researchers took a picture of the right side of the face, then reflected it so that it appeared to be a picture of the left side of the face, people still found it more pleasing than when presented with the original image.

This is good news for those who may not have a great picture of their left side – simply make a quick edit so that it appears to be facing the other way. Open the file of your photo in Paint, then click on the “Rotate” drop down menu and choose “Flip Horizontal”. Voilà!

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