How Old Are Those Pictures?

When you get into online dating, over time you will find that there are number of people who use old and outdated pictures as her profile picture as well as in their ‘extra’ pictures. Often people do this because they are insecure about their age, are looking for someone who is younger and trying to entice them into believing that they also look younger, or simply misrepresented themselves on purpose.

How can you find out how old the person is in the pictures that they’re putting up? Some people really do look many years younger than their actual physical age. However, for the most part, most people tend to show their age in certain ways. The older you get, the more attuned you become to determining how old somebody is based on their picture. Still, many of us can be fooled once by someone else based on their picture.

Why is This Important?

You may be wondering why it is important to know how old the pictures are that are being posted online. Let’s say, for example, that you meet a man or woman whom you are interested in, and they list their age as 29. Age might be important to you. You spend many hours emailing back and forth and then talking on the phone, getting to know this person, and you keep referring to their picture and think, “Hey, this could be somebody that I am really interested in.”

He finally agrees to a first date and when you get there you immediately know that he or she is not 29. In fact, you know this person hasn’t been close to 29 in at least 10 years. That can waste a great deal of time and it’s also dishonest.

How to Determine the Age of Those Pictures?

Aside from coming straight out and asking whether the person posting the pictures on the profile are being honest, you can always ask when they took those pictures. Many times when somebody posts a picture, it’s of them at a special event. You can ask them when that event occurred.

You can also look up their name in a major search engine such as Google, and click on the link labeled ‘Images.’ If the prospective date has any pictures online associated with his or her name, it will give you an idea of what they look like now.

Of course, you may not be able to determine whether the pictures are new or old, but you can always tell a prospective date that you would like honesty upfront and that if you find out that they were not honest when you meet in person, you’re going to leave without another word. No one wants to waste their time and if somebody is misrepresenting themselves with older pictures of them in their youth, so they will either come clean or pass on the date, saving you both time and aggravation.

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