Ah, the not-so-age-old question of what to say in an opening message on a dating app. Though the age of dating apps is relatively short compared to that of meeting potential crushes in person, there is a lot to be said about the timelessness of trying to talk to a cutie. Because some experiences are pretty universal, I have compiled a list of dating app opening lines written by romance novelists. Simply because I wanted guidance from some OG experts on meet-cutes, digital or IRL.
Believe it or not, there is a method to the madness of opening lines. According to data from Tinder, 32.4 percent of men and 35.2 percent of women prefer the opening line they receive to be a question about them. Meanwhile, 17.9 percent of men and 25.2 percent of women prefer the opening line they receive to be an observation about them. Which makes sense because you want to know someone you like is invested in getting to know you and curious about who you are.
According to Hinge, age also plays a role in what you should say. For instance, if you are looking to send a message to someone between the ages of 18 to 23, novelty is on your side. This age group tends to prefer something interesting, surprising, unique, or funny. If you are sending a message to someone 24 to 28, you're more likely to get a response if you ask them a question about their lifestyle or activities.
So now that you have statistics on your side, check out the following suggestions from romance novelists to really up your game.