Bhopal: People generally put their profile pictures on some social networking sites mainly Facebook and Whatsapp just to share their identity, moods and latest pictures of places they have visited. Some of them do this to express their personal and artistic thought and disseminate some latest information among group people. Sometimes they do so just for amusement or may be, keeping themselves updated. Some people said they guessed the mood and personality of the person after watching photographs but couldn’t judge them completely. They don’t form impressions about other persons on the basis of their profile picture. Free Press spoke to some city people to know how they decided their profile picture on Facebook and Whatsapp. Do they form any impression and judge others on the basis of their profile picture?
Shalini Gupta, theatre artist
Most of my profile pictures on social media are based on psychology. Sometimes it also depends on our moods like happiness and sadness. I also put some unique and best photographs of some places which we have visited. Recently, we visited Malaysia with family and uploaded some of its best photographs on social networking sites. We also use some rare or memorable pictures of my work. Yes, sometimes I do judge up to some extent after watching the profile picture of a person like how his or her thinking and personality is. Mai judge karti nahi hun ho jata hai…
Babita Niranjan, dentist
I decide to put a profile picture on the basis of latest photographs or latest check out places or latest party or latest friend’s wedding photo or some funny photos with friends for expressing several thoughts coming in mind simultaneously. Yes, sometimes it pisses me off when they put profile picture in which I am looking damn bad and they put their best ones.
Shiv Katariya, 28, painter and theatre artist
I often try to express my personal view through profile photos. Sometimes I also upload photographs related to my work and artistic thoughts but I never form impressions about other persons on the basis of their profile photo. Yes, sometimes I guess the mood and personality of the person after watching photographs but didn’t judge till now.
Shalini Malviya, 22, media student
I often use my photograph in profile picture to represent my identity. There are many people including those who we don’t know but they are connected with us through social networking sites. In such cases, it is essential to highlight our identity. Sometimes I upload some pictures of nature too. We can judge any person or his or her personality up to 23 to 30 per cent after watching profile picture but not completely.
Anita Singh, asst professor at Career College
I upload photographs to disseminate information in group. Suppose, I go to visit some place and then put it as profile picture. Sometimes people come to know about that place through the picture only. Nowadays, not only photos but we can upload videos too and it is good. I don’t think we can judge a person merely by his/her profile photo.
Sanjay Madhup, Secretary, Youth Hostel Association of India, Lake City Unit
I use subjective photographs as profile pictures. Generally it is related to my hobbies like trekking, parasailing, cycling, bike riding etc. There are many people including my family and friends who put photos which reflect his or her mood. Sometimes they use some pictures which I don’t like but I don’t oppose because I think it is his or her choice. I am unable to judge anyone’s personality seeing profile picture only.
Sonia Soni, homemaker
Definitely, I do. We can judge about the personality of a person seeing their profile picture. I mostly upload those photographs as profile picture which send out some message and reflect our moods and circumstances. We also do this to keep updated.