It’s difficult enough making friends and influencing people in this hate-em-all-and-let-God-sort-em-out world. Now, egghead researchers tell us everyday, run-of-the-mill things can make a person hate us.
I guess my back is too hairy or something. Swell.
It seems like everyone these days is just waiting for an excuse to hate you. There’s the obvious stuff: your stupid clothes, your ugly hair, that dumb thing you do when you laugh. But your many glaring personality flaws aside, sometimes the deck is just plain stacked against you for reasons you would never expect, much less think to avoid …
#5. Your Profile Picture Is Too Close Up
Every online service practically demands that you have a close-up photo of your own face on your profile, if only to assure people that you’re a real human being and not a robot. The unfortunate truth is that not only do those close-ups show your blemishes in all of their hideous glory, but they also make you look less trustworthy and less attractive.
Researchers at Caltech performed several experiments measuring the relationship between proximity and likability. In one, they had volunteers judge photographs of people who were either 2 feet or 7 feet from the camera — the same people, the same expression, the same clothes, and the same general aura. They found that the participants disliked the subjects more the closer they got to the camera.
*Cut to my readers frantically changing their Facebook pictures*