Women who share sexy photos on the internet are perceived as less competent

The Network is full of selfies of women who intend to convey sensuality. Most of them are reduced to a series of standardized poses that change over time, depending on the new fashions. For example, some time ago the mouths of duck or the morritos were very frequent that, in addition, thin the face. Now there are plenty of mohínes as a slight surprise, as if we had caught her doing a mischief, which, in addition, matches them a bit with the typical lolita.

Impossible foreshortenings, zenith planes are also important to avoid double chin and increase the effect of body curves. Eyes molded or innocently open, according to. And so a hundred more nuances.

The last intention of this kind of photos is to convey sensuality. However, according to a study by the psychologist Elizabeth Daniels and his colleagues at the University of Colorado, which has been published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture, sexy photographs can have an opposite effect than expected: that the woman seems less sexy, and also seems less competent in general.

To conduct the study, two fake profiles were created on Facebook of a girl named Amanda Johnson. In order to connect with girls of the same age group, Amanda "liked" Lady Gaga and Twilight, among others. Both profiles contained the same information, with only one difference: the photo.

On one profile, "Amanda" (actually a young woman who agreed to have her picture used in the studio) was shown in a low cut red dress with an opening in the leg, exposing a garter belt and a little neckline. On the other profile, a second young woman was shown wearing a short-sleeved shirt and jeans.

The researchers surveyed a total of 118 girls, 58 of whom were between the ages of 13 and 18, and 60 years of age, between 17 and 25, and were no longer in high school.

Each participant was shown one of the two Facebook profiles and then He was asked about a series of statements about Amanda's appearance, like "I think she is pretty," as well as statements about her social appeal ("I think she could be my friend") and her competence ("I think she could do a job well done"). The answers were granted on a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 indicates a strong disagreement and 7 indicates an enthusiastic agreement.

In all three areas, the "non sexy" profile won the "sexy" profile, meeting Amanda prettier, friendlier and more qualified to complete a given task. Daniels found the greatest disparity between the photos in the category of task competition, indicating that "the abilities of a young woman really make a dent because of a sexy photo."

All in all, it should be remembered that this assessment occurs only with other girls, with peers of the female gender. Will men think the same about a sexy photo?