Beautifying Profile Pictures in Online Dating: Dissolving the Ideal-Reality Gap

  • Takuya IwamotoEmail author
  • Kazutaka Kurihara
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1034)


With the drastic expansion of the online dating service market, attractive profile pictures are vital in the competitive world of dating. To attract others using these pictures, photo editors are helpful. However, enhanced profile pictures produce an ideal-reality gap. The more a profile picture is beautified, the wider is the gap between the image and the actual person, which can cause discomfort when two users meet in person. A solution to the gap problem is the gradually reversing the beautified image to the non-edited image over time, which was supported by our first experiment which tested if subjects could notice the gradual changes in given profile pictures over certain time. Additionally, we conducted an experiment, where one group saw gradual changes of a beautified image while another just saw the beautified image, and finally, the subjects’ minds to meet the model on the image was compared. This paper discusses both the experiments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cyberagent, Inc.Shibuya-kuJapan
  2. 2.Japan Adcanced Institute of Science and TechnologyNomiJapan
  3. 3.Tsuda UniversityKodaira-shiJapan

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