You've probably been there — staring at your blank laptop or phone screen, wondering what to write to someone online or on a dating app. Hinge, the dating app that connects you to matches via Facebook (your friends and friends of friends), wondered the same thing. Hinge came out with results from having asked users, 8 million impressions' worth through in-app testing over one month, which opening lines they'd use. ” or some other generic line that probably gets copied and pasted to dozens of people at once.More and more people are meeting their friends, partners, and spouses on the Internet, and here's the thing: it's awkward for everyone!Washington DC: “Cheese” Conversation-starter: Food-related (or specifically mentioned cheese) = 58 percent higher response rates in DC than in other cities.Chicago: “90s Kids” Conversation-starter: Referenced ‘90s culture = 45 percent higher response rates in Chicago than other cities.Breaking the Ice Keeping the Conversation Going Ending the Conversation and Making Plans Community Q&A So you're trying to get to know someone.Email, dating sites and instant-messaging services may make it more convenient to communicate with our friends and family, but it can be hard to get to know a new person when you aren't speaking face-to-face.Then, 22 percent of Hinge users received various conversation-starters to choose from and the study was underway.
Hinge found these conversation-starter trends in some top cities: San Francisco: “Peter Pan Syndrome” Conversation-starter: Youth or childhood nostalgia = 68 percent higher response rates in San Fran than in other cities. Boston: “No Nonsense” Conversation-starter: Straightforward or cynical = 59 percent higher response rates in Boston than in other cities.Los Angeles: “Entertainment” Conversation-starter: Referencing celebrities = 75 percent higher response rates in L. New York City: “Escape Reality” Conversation-starter: Fantasy-driven or musing = 45 percent higher response rates in NYC than in other cities.