The List of the Worst Hinge Prompts To Avoid For Guys and Girls (Cringey, Cliche, Overused). Clever, Witty & Funny Prompts and Answers To Use Instead To Be Successful
As an online dating photographer, I have reviewed and improved countless dating profiles, photos and bios over the years. While photos (particularly your main profile photo) will have the single biggest impact on your dating success, bios and questions should not be ignored.
An incomplete bio or one-worded answers to questions can signal lack of effort, creativity or sincerity. If you are serious about meeting quality people, don’t skimp on your questions and answers. Similarly, a cliche answer like “tacos emoji” or “Jim looking for his Pam (The Office reference)” is one of the most overused answers on dating apps like Hinge, Tinder and OkCupid.
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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 good photos. A good prompt can invite an opening to be random, quirky, unique, insightful, bold, humble if done correctly. Read my previous post on the best prompts to use.
Below are some of the worst Hinge prompts and answers I have seen recently. They are either short answers, lazy or a waste of space if they cannot be answered. Don’t be these people.
For tips on how to get more matches on dating apps, read this previous post on my blog.
A few bad or difficult to recover from Hinge Prompts include:
Anything Coronavirus, COVID-19 Related
It is immature, not funny and shows how little you know about the current situation we are in and how many people have died.
“Never Have I Ever…”
Usually people put something unoriginal or boring like Ikea, Costco, In-N-Out which for some could be a good enough conversation starter but for most people it lacks originality, depth or a hook in which conversation can be facilitated easily.
“What I Order For The Table…”
Same thing goes for ordering at restaurants. Chips + salsa, pitcher of margaritas are some of the most cliche answers out there. Again, this is a situation observation and lacks depth, insight, character etc. Prompts and corresponding answers like this are usually a sign of trying to play it cool as to seem not so vested in dating apps so that one has an excuse when things don’t go right.
Ideal First Date: Lazy profile prompts an answers like this should be an automatic red flag for you.
Unusual Skills: It’s fine that you don’t have any unusual skills but with that said why did you choose this prompt? Reveals more about your poor decision making skills than anything else.
My most controversial opinion is: Not only is this a bad prompt that reveals nothing about you, it is one of the most cliche prompts out there. If you are not getting any likes or matches start here with this bingo card: https://eddie-hernandez.com/hinge-most-cliche-answers-to-prompts/
The secret to getting to know me is: Just Ask. Not only is this one of the worst answers ever but it’s possible you will see an increase in harassment or advances by people not worth your time. You have been warned.
You should *not* go out with me if: If you need an explanation on this, there is little hope for you online and offline. Sounding negative, defensive is never attractive.
I won’t shut up about: Nothing wrong with being in shape and fit but show it (but not with gym photos, selfies or screenshot of nike running app monitor).
Together, we could: ‘Could’ but likely won’t based on statistics and this choice of prompt and answer.
I’m a regular at: As my high school teacher once said a classmate of mine – No $hit Sherlock.
An overshare: This is universal truth of live. The fact that you have to state this should give others pause as it seems misleading to state something so obvious.
Give me travel tips for: This is a dating site not a travel agency.
You should *not* o out with me if: While the sentiment is shared by most normal people, it’s your responsibility to block and left swipe on such folks by looking at their photos otherwise you might attract someone who is looking for a challenge.
I’ll fall for you if: Be careful what you ask for. Also, if you trip me is super cliche. The things that make you swoon and fall in love with someone should be private. It should be a roadmap you give out freely.
I want someone who: Fair request but you should be able to filter such folks out through their photos, bios, messages or early dates. Dating apps are introduction apps not Burger Kings Apps – can’t order things your way you need to invest time and effort.
I’m looking for: Sapiosexual. LIAR!
For a list of better prompts to use in your Hinge profile and how to answer them, read this:
For additional tips on all things Hinge including bios, prompts, replies, photos and more, read my Hinge blog posts here:
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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