In the age of the Internet,
people's attention spans are very, very short. It's a see-one-thing-and-on-to-the-next kind of attitude with most people. A lot of the time that's not our fault; there's just so much to see right? The Internet is just too big.
So the reason why I say that if you are dating or attempting to date via online dating sites such as OKCupid or Tinder or Plenty of Fish or wherever, you must include a full-body photo of yourself in your dating profile, and if you do not, you are not helping yourself.
Why does it matter whether you include a full-body photo? And how is it a negative thing if you avoid it? Well, simply put-- people want to know ahead of meeting you whether you have a body they would find to be physically attractive.
In my own time spent online dating (was successful, met a few girls), I immediately viewed as "no thanks" any of the dozens and dozens of girls who didn't include a pic of themselves where I could clearly see what they actually looked like and whether they was heavy/fat or not or had a decent body, because I figured they were trying to hide something. One girl I did meet up with was heavier and I didn't know it, because her profile only had pics of her face and head/shoulders and a bit of cleavage. She was a nice gal and all and we had a good time, but I wasn't interested in her, and if I'd known ahead of time that she was heavy, I could have saved us both some time and trouble.
It is disingenuous to misrepresent yourself online in dating. And I'm not even talking about being a straight-up catfish; it's still wrong for you to make a version of yourself that isn't exactly a flat-out lie, but isn't the truth either. Physical attraction is extremely important to the overwhelming majority of people, yes? So a pic like ^ this one right above IS IMPORTANT. It does NOT MATTER if you are insecure; I get that insecurity about your body happens, guys and gals, and of course everyone is insecure about such things. I mean you're putting yourself out there for everyone to see, right?
But! not being honest about the kind of body you have, immediately for people to view, is a surefire way for the opposite sex to be uninterested and move on to someone else.
If you actually want your online dating experience to prove fruitful, and you currently only have pics of your head/shoulders on your profiles, then you should consider putting at least one or maybe two full-body shots there. If you want someone to accept you for who you are, then it is a must.
~ Thaaaanks. Hugs and kisses. Good luck out there.