While it used to be that you could go out to a bar and randomly meet the love of your life, the age of dating apps is upon us. Now, you don’t even need to change out of your pajamas or leave the house to meet a woman. The convenience is great, but it can be challenging to make yourself stand out among all the other guys with profiles almost identical to yours. Luckily for you, some of the most popular dating apps have released information on how to get recognized. Every. Single. Time.
Researchers at Hinge, a dating app designed for those who are looking for a serious relationship rather than a casual hook-up, performed a study and analyzed the top 100 most common opening lines used. They gave also them a test-run.
What they found? Women are more tempted to respond when the conversation starter focuses on food. Over 40 percent of women are more likely to respond to you if you ask them something like, “What’s your favorite pizza topping?” Be careful, though; using food to make bad sex puns (think: eggplant emoji), will indeed decrease your likelihood of a response by 14 percent.
The study by Hinge also set out to determine whether or not age has an effect on what the recipient will and will not respond to. They found that, for people between the ages of 18 and 23, something creative is likely to get a response. “Your portrait is being painted—what’s the backdrop?” was their most successful opener.
For people between the ages of 24 and 28, the best way to elicit a reply is to ask a lifestyle-oriented question. “How do you like to spend your Sundays?” was most successful for the researchers. People aged 29 to 34 preferred a simple “Two truths and one lie—go,” and those over the age of 35 answered positively to references to pop culture.
The OG dating app, Tinder, did its own study and found that sending “Hey, what’s up?” is pretty much like asking the other person to ignore you. Researchers found this opening line to be the baseline, with basically everything else ranking above it. Additionally, Tinder found that when they used GIFs for their opening lines, the recipient was 30 percent more likely to reply and the conversation length was doubled. They even released a list of the 20 best GIFs to help you out.
With all that advice, you’re unstoppable. Happy swiping!