The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

Your profile picture represents you. You want to convey that you're fun, interesting, well-traveled, worldly, witty, or any number of likable, desirable qualities. But we're also really predictable—our profile pictures can be boiled down into 14 specific categories.

Like the cover of a book or a movie trailer, your profile picture tells people what you're about and why you're about it. It's a chance for you to brag, and we've got you pegged.

Now, it's not to say any of these profile picture choices are wrong, although some might err on the annoying side. Look at your friend's profiles. Look at your own profile.

You probably fit into one of these 14 camps:

1) The Hello We're In Love

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

Recently engaged? Married? Blinded by the overwhelming power of love? This one is simple to spot. It's an engagement picture, perhaps a shot of a couple with arms around each other, with the girl's left hand securely placed in the he's mine just check out this rock position (left hand on chest).

2) The Look at the Baby, Look at the Baby

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

You procreated! We know this because we see your spawn on your profile picture. And while we're all very happy for you and your baby are adorable, we're slightly confused and wondering if somehow you fell into a Benjamin Button situation.

3) The Throwback

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

This could be any number of things—a picture of you in a high school uniform, an adorable baby pic culled from your parents' photo albums—it's a dip back into the past.

4) The Traveler

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

Look, you already spent two weeks in Maui while the rest of us slogged through the winter. Do you have to rub it in our faces by changing your avatar to a shot of you lounging in white sands not working at all?

5) The Pet

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

Sure, you love your pet as much as the next guy. But more, because your pet IS you. At least according to your profile picture.

6) The I Met Someone Famous Once

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

DUDE. WHEN DID YOU HANG OUT WITH SNOOP DOGG, I MEAN LION?! Some use this profile picture as a setting to broadcast your famous connections. Or that you once touched someone who had a cameo in the third season of the West Wing.

7) The Swimsuit Bod

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

You're hot. You're proud. You want to show off the goods to 1,000 of your closest friends. However, your picture feels slightly NSFW.

8) The Selfie

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

There's pretty much no way to make a selfie not look like a selfie. So you might as well embrace it and put your best self-composed shot forward.

9) The Artist

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

Ohhh, are you a writer? A painter? Living the bohemian life? Just a guess because I see you're looking off into the distance from a bucolic cliff or you've photoshopped some kind of new aesthetic style picture.

10) The Cause

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

The French Revolution. The end of Apartheid. None of these societal changes took place on Facebook. But today, Facebookers use their profile real estate to convey that he or she is a productive member of society who believes breast cancer is bad (pink ribbon), marriage equality is good (equal sign), and always commemorates national tragedies and natural disasters.

11) The I Haven't Changed My Profile Picture in Years

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

Wait, I didn't know you still played football. Hold on, didn't you get married 10 years ago? Your profile picture is confusing and does not reflect your current state. Please update, lest we think you're some kind of Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused character.

12) The Professional Headshot

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

Listen, you look great. But we all know this isn't what you look like in person. Pro shots are just cheating.

13) The Professional

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

Know how everyone knows you're a photographer? Your profile picture is a picture of you taking a picture. Replace photographer with job, add in an associated activity, and boom. You've got that person down pat.

14) The Partier

The 14 Types of Profile Pictures

There are a few key components to this profile picture: drink in hand, excited expressions, and possibly dancing. Interesting locations and Mardis Gras beads are bonus. All of these pieces come together to say hey, I'm hip, I'm cool, and I'm way more fun than you.



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