Examples of Conversation Starters + Funny, Creative Openers: Good Hinge Prompts To Use On Your Dating Profile, How To Answer Them, Get More Replies. Get To Know You Questions.
As an online dating photographer and profile consultant in San Francisco, I have reviewed and improved countless dating profiles, photos and bios over the years (think of me a digital Hitch). There is quite a bit of self-sabotage across profiles (photos come to mind) but profile prompts should not be overlooked.
While photos (particularly your main profile photo) will have the single biggest impact on your dating success, bios, prompts, and answers provide context, detail and signal sincerity, effort and intention. Ignoring captions, prompts and thoughtful answers can offset good photos you might otherwise have instantly. Sure great photos can offset sub-par bios and prompts but not everyone has awesome profile photos that are great conversation starters and are flattering.
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A good prompt on Hinge can inspire good creative answers as well as responses from potential suitors. An unpopular opinion can stir up good conversation and banter while a bad prompt and answer can offset your photos. A good prompt can invite an opening to be random, quirky, unique, insightful, bold, humble if done correctly. Usually this is harder to do with other apps that have a bio but no prompts to provide a seamless introduction.
Hinge offers over 75 different prompts for users to choose. Some prompts are easier to find than others while new ones are released over time.
Below are some of my favorite questions to use on your profile that allow for creativity, randomness, controversy, insight and personality. Click on each prompt to see how to answer it, what to avoid and things to keep in mind.
How Do Hinge Prompts Work?
Basically, Hinge prompts are ways to start talking about yourself. It’s like a self-interview – you pick your questions and you answer then. Some prompts are better than others. Some are hard to answer, some are TMI and others don’t offer insight about you.
Personality, character, lifestyle, uniqueness and other things about you is what can separate you from the masses. This is key because online dating gender ratios can be so skewed that it will be tough to get attention let alone likes from others.
How many questions can you answer on Hinge?
The answer is 3 but you can change or edit questions at a later time.
What are photo prompts? How can I find them?
They are similar to normal prompts but instead of answering questions with words, you use photos. Photo prompts are options and only available on iOS.
How do I make a good hinge profile?
Photos are a great place to start but using good prompts and answers that are insightful, playful, witty and honest will go a long way. This intro guide to writing a good profile is a must-read so you can understand what people look at and how they judge you.
Click on the prompts below to reveal what makes each prompt great and tips on how to answer each of them.
For more information on dating app FAQ’s including which photos to use, what are the best apps, monthly average user numbers, conversation starters, check out this comprehensive guide I put together.
LIST OF THE BEST HINGE PROMPTS TO USE & TIPS ON HOW TO ANSWER THEM
I know the best spot in town for -
This shows your knowledge of local hotspots, ability to be in the know, hobbies, interests, lifestyle as well possible compatibility for similar taste. Knowing the either hot new openings or surprising a date with an under the radar place can show your similar tastes in food, drinks, culture, music or outdoors.
Pro-tip: Knowing about the best spot is great but if you have other places to compare the dish/item to in the city that will lend more credibility and expertise. People love to learn new things and being an expert can help you establish some credibility.
I get along best with people -
My greatest complement about people I have met, know and surround myself with are the type of people they themselves surround themselves with. Knowing the type of people you like to add to your inner circle is quite revealing and shows how you view others. Passions, priorities or lifestyles are the way to go here when linking such traits.
I want someone who –
This is a great prompt for those who are direct, know what they want and not afraid to ask for it. Focusing on character, personality, how someone views the world, what they prioritize will go a long way vs. listing deal breakers which can be viewed as defensive language and inability to trust people.
I’m convinced that –
This allows for some open-ended answers and conversation as well as an unpopular opinion. It’s an opening to be bold, assertive, random.
Pro-tip: Pineapple on pizza is the most cliche answer here. Don’t use this unless you want to get X’d/ For more cliche profile examples, check this bingo card: https://eddie-hernandez.com/cliche-dating-profile-bingo-card/
Don't hate me if –
This is one of my favorite prompts. If done well can balance self deprecation and boldness with a possible humble brag. There is a fine line between having an unpopular opinion and being too obscure or weird. Generally having good photos can give you more leeway when it comes to these revelations.
A life goal of mine –
Shows ambition, passion and priorities. You can take a less serious tone and offer something playful, silly or self-deprecating but too much can signal you are not looking for anything serious or just looking for something casual for the time being.
I geek out on -
Use this prompt to be a little quirky, random, or unconvential. Playing it safe will just make you blend in with the other cliche profiles. See: https://eddie-hernandez.com/hinge-most-cliche-answers-to-prompts/
I flip out over –
This provides an opportunity to voice guilty pleasures, trivial obsessions and passions. An ability to nerd out over something obscure is more effective than professing your love of The Office, Game of Thrones or something cliche that offers no insight into personality. See: https://eddie-hernandez.com/hinge-most-cliche-answers-to-prompts/
My biggest date fail –
This can show your ability to laugh at yourself but could also be TMI. Self-deprecating humor can show an understated sense of confidence in your own skin if done correctly. The ability to recognize failures and move on is quite an admirable quality in people on dating apps when the norm is to not reveal too much.
We’re the same type of weird if / I’m weirdly attracted to –
Things can get weird quickly or they can reveal something that is flattering but not obvious. Think hard before answering this but if you are able to nerd out and connect over something you are passionate about, that can be just enough to open the door.
A social cause I care about –
This might be easier to share this part of your life instead of through a cliche selfie/photo. This opening allows for a small humble brag about your unselfish efforts as well as something near and dear to you. Sometimes this prompt is not necessary if you have a photo that captures you volunteering with your preferred non-proft.
Favorite holiday tradition –
You can definitely play it safe and show you are close to your family and have some great rituals or you can highlight some interesting, quirky traditions that give a glimpse of what one can expect if things go well between the two of you. Helpful if you family is local or lives in a cool part of world, not so much if it is somewhere where you or your partner don’t want to go 1-2x per year.
I’m overly competitive about –
Think carefully about this, answer wrong and you can get instantly ignored. Answer correctly and you may have found your “partner in crime”. By the way, don’t use that term on profile. Also listing ‘everything’ is not only cliche but boring and vague.
I’m actually legitimately bad at –
This can create an opening for admitting something embarrassing which can be viewed as a sign of confidence, comfort in your own skin. However, pick something like laundry, dishes, eye contact or something personal and you risk scaring off a potential suitor.
Worst fad I participated in –
Choose wisely on this. Pick the right fad and you might bond over something so terrible a decision that you can connect over your dorkiness, silliness. Choose wrong and you might be seen as gullible, seeking attention/acceptance from others or lame.
The award I should be nominated for –
A good humble brag about something unique can go far in describing something random about yourself but if award is mundane it can be a waste of space on your profile. Something self-deprecating here can also be quite effective as it shows confidence through vulnerability.
On my bucket list / Next vacation spot -
Is you bucket list or vacation spot interesting? Is it insightful? Is it more than 2 words? Explain. Avoiding cliche places like Iceland, Tulum, Machu Picchu and Taj Mahal are recommended.
I spend most of my money on –
For those looking to meet someone financially responsible, well off this could be a way of communicating your financial situation.
My most irrational fear –
Vulnerability is always a good thing when done right but make sure what you write is not revealing or TMI.
One thing I’ll never do again / Worst idea I’ve ever had –
Something you did a long time ago, something people are curious about but never muster up the confidence can be revealing and a great way to show how you have grown up but if you come off as resentful, negative or too gullible it could hurt your profile. Done tastefully, revealing something clumsy can be quite endearing.
Weirdest gift I have given or received -
Can be a great way to reference something obscure and random that invites follow up questions.
My ideal fake sick day -
Show what you prioritize or truly appreciate in life…
My happy place -
Pick a good one, make sure its nostalgic, classic or somewhere unique and briefly explain why.
I'll know it's time to delete Hinge when -
Shows your intention, how you show trust and what you are looking for in life.
This year I really want to -
Have at it. Some self-deprecating humor during Covid is something that will give you sympathy points if you know how to spin it.
For the worst ways to answer Hinge prompts, check out these real examples of the worst answers to Hinge prompts.
If you are looking for worst prompts to use, check out this post: https://eddie-hernandez.com/worst-hinge-prompts-to-use-in-your-profile/
Sample Bad Prompts: Random Fact I Love, Give Me Travel Tips To, We’ll Get Along If, All I Ask Is That You, You Should Not Go Out With Me If, Don’t Hate Me If, Pet Peeves, The Sign Of A Great First Date, How My Mother Would Describe Me, The Most Spontaneous Thing I’ve Done, Fact About Me That Surprises People, Try To Guess This About Me, A Shower Thought I Had Recently, The One Thing You Should Know About Me Is, I’ll Pick The Topic If You Start The Conversation, The Biggest Risk I’ve Taken, The Best Way To Ask Me Out Is By, Qualities I’m Looking For In A Plus-One Wedding Date, What Are You Looking For, Dating Me Is Like, I’ll Fall For You If,
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About Eddie Hernandez
Eddie Hernandez is a professional photographer specializing in natural, candid online dating photos. Featured in the SFGate, ABC7News, East Bay Express, Salon; contributor to Good Men Project, Plenty Of Fish and Meddle. In addition to photos, he provides guidance around app choice, bio optimization, messaging techniques, wardrobe advice and date ideas. https://eddie-hernandez.com/contact/
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