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What your profile picture actually says about you (according to science)

You always know when you’ve found the perfect profile picture. You’ll be scrolling through a morning after photo album, wincing away as thoughts of ‘does my face actually look like that?’ roam your head, until you finally happen upon the chosen one.

It could be the lighting, or the fact you look a little less iron-deficient than usual – OR it could be down to your personality type, according to social media researchers.

University of Pennsylvania students have found that our social media profiles could be revealing far more than anyone expects.

By analysing 6,600 Twitter pictures and interviewing 440 people out of that pool, researchers have found that they can accurately predict personality traits from just a single profile image.

And they’ve come to three categorical conclusions…

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