I guess I'm sort of wondering why the Photo Search option operates the way that it does. To be clear, I'm not trying to be unrealistic. I recognize that physical attraction is certainly not irrelevant; I just think that we are overemphasizing it with the Photo Search setup. It gives users a way to discreetly view someone's photos without viewing their profile, thus making it a logical precursor to actually reading a profile. Because of how this is setup a user's first step will often be to view the photos and THEN decide if they want to view the profile. Why not send notification when a photo is viewed so that profile and photos are on equal footing?
I'm not sure how many people are familiar with a reality show called The Voice but it's a singing competition that operates on blind auditions. Basically a performer comes out and sings for a group of judges who have their backs turned. If the judges enjoy what they hear they can press a button to indicate their interest and turn their chair around to face the performer. The obvious goal is to judge the singer's talent regardless of their appearance. While perhaps overly idealistic it seems like we are facilitating the opposite. Imagine instead a show where an aspiring singer came out and faced a group of judges without being allowed to perform. The judges make a snap decision based solely on appearance and often turn their backs on the performer who is left to walk off the stage in silence. That would be so cruel that the show would be canceled before the first episode was done airing and the network would be flooded with hate mail.