Good Conversation Starters, Open Lines & First Messages To Avoid on Dating Apps Like Tinder, Hinge, Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel. Funny, Witty Lines To Use Instead.

In the age of online dating where profiles can be made in a matter of seconds with your info from Facebook and people swipe right based on a single image viewed for a matter of seconds, online dating has led to uncanny amount of one word opening lines… Hi, Hey, Hello or if you are lucky two words — What’s up, Hello there etc. No other words in online dating are anti-climatic than these right here.

Men have been notorious for this behavior for years and with the rise of Bumble (the anti-Tinder) women have fallen into the same habits that have been condemned for years. 


My general rule of thumb is that online dating apps are merely a means of introduction and are still governed by the same old rules chivalry and common decency as offline approaches. This goes true for opening lines.

If you are a man who says hi to a cute girl at the grocery store and says nothing more, that would be awkward. Same goes for online dating sites and apps. So why would you open up a conversation with so few, effortless words?

Sure, this is marginally better than what are you wearing or send nudes but doesn’t mean you will get anywhere. Most girls get bombarded with likes and messages and seeing the same opening lines over and over again makes it hard to separate yourself from the competition.

Short opening lines like this are what I call low effort. Low effort is associated with laziness, indifference.

I am not advocating that people pour out their life story, exude every emotion out there or even try to use a suave pick up line but what I am advocating is to put some more thought and effort into your opening lines. Apps like Bumble exacerbate the issue even more with a 24-hour window for women to messages men forcing them to type something, ANYTHING, before the time winds down — like Cinderella’s countdown to midnight but far less romantic. 


Worst Introductory Lines To Avoid Using On Dating Apps

Asking how your morning, day, weekend, week is the next set of most overly used lines ever. It’s not a good line to use in the workplace so why use it on dating apps? Might as well ask how the weather is, what are you eating, what do you do, where do you work or why did you swipe right on me.

Lame questions like this often receive lame answers like great/fine, yours? Often times people ask these questions because there is little to nothing to go by in a bio, others times the people are lazy or lack creativity.

Instead, try to engage with your match, try to learn more about them and build a connection with them.

How To Respond To Hi, Hey, What’s Up

My advice: You don’t. These are lazy, low-effort lines that don’t deserve a response. Most people who will respond are either looking to hookup or don’t have much success on dating apps.

Good Conversation Starters To Use Instead

When in doubt, ask about a photo, mention something in the bio or even the classic Hi, I never asked you, do you like guacamole is a thousand times better than hi, what’s up or hey. Just because apps nudge people to make moves more quickly than they are typically comfortable with does not provide an excuse to such lame, short opening messages.

There is plenty of competition out there and if you don’t come up with something more thoughtful, creative or charming someone else will, and they are a swipe away. 

Similarly, men should expect that a woman may or may not be 100% comfortable making the first move. Most women are attracted to Bumble because of the verified accounts, less spam messages etc. but they are not necessarily confident in the first message.

Rather than act underwhelmed or deflated from an intro message, give the women a chance to warm up. If the conversation continues to be short, one-sided then move on. Depending on the app, some lines are more effective than others.

For examples of introductory Bumble messages to send guys, read this guide:

Tinder Opening Lines:

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.

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