Clicking the icon opens up the ability to share the profile via apps like i Message, Whats App, Slack, or Mail.
“This is an important task in the modern world, in the digital era,” says David White, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia.
“We make these selections very frequently.” People tend to be better at selecting flattering photos of other people than they are at choosing good pictures of themselves.
To see who chose better images—the photo subject or the stranger—the researchers crowdsourced the Internet and asked people to rate how attractive, trustworthy and competent the face in the photos looked, like a scientific “Hot or Not.” MORE: Tinder Users Have Lower Self-Esteem: Study Everyone did a good job picking the more attractive photos.
But when researchers analyzed the photos for two other traits—trustworthiness and competence—people didn’t select their own images that accentuated those traits. “Unfamiliar people appeared to select images that were at once all three,” White says: attractive, trustworthy and competent.
If you have the app downloaded and click the link, the app will open on that person’s profile for you to swipe right or left on.