What do our photos on the Web say about us? What hidden complexes or secret desires, which sometimes even we ourselves don’t realize, do they tell the world?
These days, when a photograph is taken, there is immediate gratification. You can see what has been captured so quickly that there isn't much time for emotion to build up, the sense of elation or disappointment you anticipate in checking the image within the small rectangle against the emotional perception in your mind. When I snap a shot of one of my friends, simultaneous to the moment my finger presses the button, he flies toward me faster than light hits the digital sensor and squeals, "Let me see!"

1Group photos

If the majority of the pictures in your account are photos of parties or group shots showing how much fun you’re having with your friends, it can indicate an inner emptiness and loneliness. It can also show that belonging to a group flatters your vanity. You tell the world: "I was chosen to be a part of this group, and it’s flattering."

2Various selfies (selfies in the mirror, elevator looks, fit chicks, etc.)

The duck face, an attractively emphasized outline of the body... Your message to the world: “I’m a liberated, ready-to-experiment woman.“ Think about whether you need to show the world so openly that you’re ”on the market" by using your body as bait and a way to sell yourself. Do you really think that men seeking a serious relationship will take such a bait?


Again, this is not about the accounts of professional photographers. If there are lots of landscape photos in your account, it can indicate satisfaction with life. Life is a success, and now you can admire nature. Yet it can also indicate fatigue from the frenetic daily pace, and the need for privacy and contemplation of natural beauty.

4Animals and photos together with animals

if a man puts a wild wolf or a graceful cheetah as his profile picture, he wants to appear bold and strong when, in reality, he’s not. Women, as a rule, post cute photos, such as charming kittens (rabbits, puppies) or young ladies with kittens. Such pictures indicate the sentimentality and immaturity of the account’s owner.

5Couple photos

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It’s a demonstration of your relationship and of the fact that you perceive it as strong and long term. It’s a way to tell the world: "I’m not alone, I’m loved, I’m needed and appreciated." If there are lots of these pictures in the account, this is a reason to ask yourself Why do I need this? What do I want to tell other people with these shots? Perhaps it’s a hidden need to prove something to your ex(es) or to win the competition from less fortunate friends.


we share pictures of our children or our photos together with children. This way we say, ”I’m a father or a mother, and it’s a great achievement in my life."

7Glamour looks

such photos in an account reveals a need for narcissistic support and emotional "strokes" in the form of likes and flattering comments. And this is a reason to think about your self-esteem and alternative ways to build it, not depending on likes and the virtual world.

8Travel photos

For some people, photos from a trip indicate a desire to emphasize their social status (or aspiration for it). "Look at how and where I can afford to relax," say such photos. As for others, it can be material evidence of the reality of the trip, the feelings and emotions that were experienced.

9Your funny photos

Apparently, the account’s owner is self-confident and self-ironic because to post a "twisted" photo of yourself, especially if you’re a woman, takes courage. Or maybe you just laugh to hide your problems?

10Photo in the office

For the owner of such a page, it’s important to show as many people as possible that they’re a high-class professional holding a position of high status.

11Photos of food

A photo of exquisite food from an expensive restaurant is an attempt at self-affirmation and social self-promotion. And if this photo is in the account of a woman on maternity leave or a housewife, then this is a desire to prove (first of all to herself) that her life is as good as everyone else’s and that things are just as interesting in the kitchen as in negotiations, in offices, at conferences, festivals, etc

12Real photos without filters and Photoshop

Such photos say that these people perceive themselves as they are. It can also be applied to a situation when a person hasn’t changed their profile picture for several years — this indicates a stability of views, a moral maturity, and a lack of the need to show off in social networks to receive emotional "stroking" in the form of likes and compliments.

13Extreme photos

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extreme selfies (on the top of a skyscraper, train, or with a predator) hide a need for recognition, the need to be noticed, to feel alive. Young people can literally get hooked on the emotional cocktail of fear and pleasure they experience when doing extreme selfies.

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