Dearest social media user, how often do you change your profile picture? Is it once every 2 weeks? Once every 2 months? Or maybe it’s once every 2 years? If you only change your social media profile pictures once every couple of years, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Bidvine, most people only change their profile pictures once every two years.
2,000 British social media users and asked them how often they changed their profile pictures online. The results varied from site to site, and from application to application. For instance, people who used dating apps (like Grindr or Tinder) were more likely to change their profile image more often than people who used dating websites (such as Plenty of Fish and Match).
Down below, you can see the results Bidvine found:
- 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
- Match.com – 4 years
On top of this, 11% of participants in the poll said that their profile image was from an astonishing decade ago. And 1 in 4 people didn’t want their Facebook profile pictures to be seen by their bosses.
However, the survey didn’t stop there. Participants were also asked: “If you don’t change a profile photo regularly, why do you think this is?” 49% of people said they wanted to look younger on social media in response to the question. 62% of people said that it was just because they had a hard time finding pictures of themselves that they were happy about this.
When asked, the CEO of Bidvine, Sohrab Jahanbani, had this to say:
“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.”