But Hinge, a popular dating app that introduces users to friends of friends, says it has figured out the best lines to initiate conversation.
The app, which raised a million Series A round of funding last year, conducted a month-long study, analyzing data from its users.
Hinge says you should message men right away because their attention spans tend to be shorter.
If you don't message a guy within six hours, the likelihood he will respond drops by 25%. If you don't message her within six hours, the chance she'll respond drops by just 5%.
And how many times can I go to yoga/the closest Sweetgreen/the bar looking for love, before I should just buy some cats and go home to die alone? But one of the hotter dating apps out there right now is Hinge.
Well, the good news is that when it comes to searching for Mrs. Unlike Tinder, where you can link up with anyone in your vicinity, Hinge matches you only with ladies/fellas who are already friends with your Facebook friends, embracing the completely sound logic of: Oh, well, if we share a Facebook friend, to a real, live human, even if that human is miles away, reduced to the tiny glowing screen that is your phone.
A lot of people talk about opening lines, whether by debating the best thing to say to get someone's attention or by taking screenshots of the most awkward ones."Every day, the Hinge team is asked if we know the secret to starting a great conversation that will actually lead somewhere," Karen Fein, Hinge's vice president of marketing, says. Since it's our mission to help users move beyond the swipe, to connect over something interesting and to ultimately meet up — we decided to find out." Here are some of Hinge's findings.If you take nothing else away from the company's results, just know that pretty much anything you say to a new match is better than a simple "hey." To collect information on how Hinge's users respond (or don't respond) to opening lines, Hinge's data analysts and copywriters came up with 100 opening lines and then showed a selection of them to some of their users to see how they would respond.Hinge says men are 98% more likely than women to respond to assertive, invitational messages, so ask him to get drinks or grab dinner.Women, on the other hand, are 40% more likely to respond to food-related opening lines.
If you're talking to someone who is 18 to 23, Hinge suggests a "novelty" or surprising opener.