We analyzed over 500,000 first contacts on our dating site, Ok Cupid.
Any woman who includes a picture with a cute animal is easy to send a first message to.
Here was my opening gambit: When delivering a compliment on a more casual dating site like okcupid, it’s important not to go too far with the compliments. If you’re venturing into “beautiful” or “hot” territory, you risk coming across thirsty.
If you're really, really hoping to get a response from your match, a vague greeting won't get you stellar results.
As far as response rates go, “Hey” performs at average, while “Hey, what’s up” performs at 4 percent above average."We’re aiming to help users do better than average, and are thus showing examples of the types of things that do better than a generic opener," Karen Fein, Hinge’s vice president of marketing, told The Huffington Post.
"That said, there are also openers that do far worse than 'Hey, what’s up.' ...
The poorest performers are typically negative or pessimistic in tone."Matches tend to respond to different types of questions, depending on their age, according to Hinge's study. (No one likes those.) Instead, talk about food: Hinge's report found that women are 40 percent more likely to reply to a message regarding food or culinary trends.I change topics here, reading in her profile that she loves bbq.It’s a comfort food, so I figure it’s as good a topic as any for comfort building.The best opening lines for online dating come from your gut.This girl had a picture with an adorable little puppy.As we all know, people normally like compliments, but when they’re used as pick-up lines, before you’ve even met in person, they inevitably feel…ew.