Hinge, an online dating app, conducted a massive survey amongst singles of various ages (with 96% looking for a relationship/dating). They came up with over 100 opening lines, and noted the lines that successfully garnered a response - and the ones that didn't.
The Hinge Experiment Survey
As the company summarizes:
1) Sorry, but "Hey" just doesn't cut it
Quickie messages come across as lazy and generic, while engaging, non-invasive messages fare much better.
But NON-invasive, I repeat.
2) Tastes vary by region
Not American? Neither am I. But it's always good to know that customs and culture vary by area. You neither want to offend nor bore someone to death.
3) Girls and guys have preferences
Girl? Food is a good topic. Guy? Just be straight forward, I'm pretty sure many of them would like to be the one asked out for once.
4) Don't take a week to respond
Obviously. But then as the stereotype supports, men have shorter attention spans. Just try not to "mentally reply," then forget to. That's if you were interested in the first place, of course.
Waiting games are also an annoying truckload of bs
5) Age does matter
These particular result I wouldn't really agree with.
I mean, yes, values vary at different ages, but I've never had my portrait painted. And a backdrop? No clue.
These are all a bunch of generalizations, and dating isn't a one-size-fits-all. But you already knew that. So if a "Hey, what's up?" does the trick, by all means, continue.
But you never know...
Nonetheless, thanks for reading, and bonne chance C: