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If you’re tired of the same old “Hey, what’s up?” or “How’s your day going?” message, then you’re in the right place. 

Hinge is a dating app that’s all about finding meaningful connections, so your conversation starters should reflect that. And with so many people using dating apps, it can be tough to stand out and get someone’s attention.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of creative and engaging conversation starters that you can use on Hinge. These starters are designed to get you to know the person behind a profile and find out if there’s a connection. 

However, note that you don’t have to use the specific wording I used in these lines. They’re more for inspiration than for emulation. Enjoy!

1. “I saw that you’re into hiking (or any hobby). What’s your favorite trail you’ve been on?”

Hiking is such a visual and adventurous activity, so asking about a specific trail can lead to some pretty amazing stories and memories.

 Who knows, maybe you’ll even find out about a trail you’ve never heard of before and can add it to your bucket list.

Starting with something specific and personalized like this is a great way to get the conversation flowing and show that you’re paying attention to their profile. 

Of course, this line depends on the specific passion the person is into. And your question will also reflect whether or not you’re truly into that passion. It’s a rule of thumb to always stick to a passion you’re also interested in. If you’re not interested, then don’t ask. 

2. “Your dog is so cute! What’s his/her name?”

You know what they say, dogs are a man’s (or woman’s) best friend! And as a dog lover myself, I can attest to that. 

So, when I see a cute pup on someone’s Hinge profile, it’s a no-brainer to use it as a conversation starter. After all, who doesn’t love talking about their furry best friend?

By asking about their dog’s name, you’re showing that you took the time to look at their profile and that you’re genuinely interested in getting to know them. 

It’s a great icebreaker that can lead to a fun and lighthearted conversation about all things canine. You can chat about your pets, share stories about funny things your dogs have done, and even bond over your shared love for all things furry.

[Related: How to Start a Conversation With Anyone]

3. “Looks like we both love Thai food (or any food). What’s your go-to dish when you order in?”

If you and your match both love Thai cuisine (or any food at all), then use it as a conversation starter. It’s a great way to start talking about something you both have in common and get the conversation flowing.

Think about it – who doesn’t love talking about their favorite foods? It’s a universally relatable topic and can lead to a fun and lighthearted conversation. 

And, by asking about their go-to dish when they order in, you can get a sense of their tastes and preferences. Maybe you’ll even discover a new dish you both want to try.

4. “I noticed that you’re into [common interest]. What made you get into it?”

“Hey there! So, I couldn’t help but notice that you’re into [common interest]. That’s really cool! I’m always interested in learning about why people are passionate about certain things. 

For me, it’s like unlocking a piece of the puzzle that makes up who they are. 

So, I was wondering, what made you get into [common interest] in the first place? Was it a defining moment or just something that gradually grew on you? I’d love to hear all about it!”

When you ask about someone’s interests, you draw them in. You’re showing that you’re genuinely interested in getting to know them better. 

5. “Your profile picture looks like you’re having a lot of fun. What’s the story behind it?”

Starting with a compliment is always a good way to grab someone’s attention and put them at ease, and what’s not to love about a profile picture that looks like pure joy? 

Plus, asking about the story behind it gives the other person an opportunity to share something personal and interesting about themselves. It opens the door to a fun and lighthearted conversation, and who knows, maybe you’ll even learn something new. 

It also gives you a glimpse into their personality and what they find enjoyable. 

[Interesting: How to Never Run Out of Things to Say in Conversation]

6. “I see that you’ve been to [insert location here]. I went there a few years ago and it was amazing! What was your favorite part?”

When you meet someone who has also been to a place that you love, you instantly feel a bond. You can compare notes, share your favorite parts, and reminisce about the wonderful experience. 

Besides, asking about someone’s travel experience not only shows that you took the time to look at their profile, but also opens up the opportunity to talk about that shared experience. 

This can lead to a fun and natural conversation about travel, memories, and the joys of exploring new places.

7. “Hi! I’m a big fan of [shared interest]. Have you seen any good [related movies, books, shows, etc.] lately?”

Here’s an example of how this could go: 

“Hey there! So, I was taking a look at your profile and noticed that you’re a big fan of [shared interest]. That’s so cool, it’s always great to find someone who loves the same things as you.

So, I was wondering, have you seen any good [related movie, book, show, etc.] lately? It’s always great to hear about new and exciting things in that area, and maybe we can even share some recommendations!” 

Starting a conversation around a shared interest is a great way to break the ice. Why?

We all love to talk about things we like to do. Plus, it can lead to some lively and engaging conversations about the things we’re both passionate about. So why not give it a try?”

8. “Wao! I see you recently ran a half marathon. That’s such a huge accomplishment! What was the experience like?”

This could be any accomplishment – marathon, modeling, acting, singing, graduation, etc. 

Running a half marathon – or any type of achievement at all – is no small feat! I bet the sense of accomplishment must have been amazing. 

And, I think this could be a great conversation starter on Hinge because it shows that you are interested in the other person’s interests and experiences. 

We all love talking about something we’re proud of.

Asking about the experience of running the half marathon also opens up the possibility for a more in-depth conversation about fitness, goals, and personal growth. If you both love running or exercising in general, you can bond over it. 

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9. “I love your style”

Of course, you might want to give a little bit of detail about the specific thing you like about the person’s style. Or, they might just ask you as a follow-up. 

But the bottom line is, everyone loves a compliment, especially when they’re genuine. And for a long time, compliments have been one of the best ways to break the ice with strangers. 

Telling someone you love their style – or anything they appear to be into like art, photography, etc – is a great way to start a conversation on a positive note and make them feel good about themselves. 

And when people feel good, they’re more likely to be open and engaging in conversation, which can lead to a great connection!

10. “Your photos look like you have a great sense of adventure. What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done recently?”

“Based on your profile photos, it looks like you’ve got some pretty amazing adventures under your belt. 

I’m all about living life to the fullest and trying new things, so I was intrigued. I was wondering… what’s the most exciting thing you’ve done lately? I’d love to hear about it!” 

This is such a great conversation starter because it shows that you’re interested in the other person’s experiences. And who doesn’t love to talk about exciting things they’ve done? I think it’s a great way to kick off a conversation. 

It’s a win-win for you. You get to learn about them, and they get to share something they’re proud of.

11. “I noticed that you’re a graphic designer. What kind of projects do you enjoy working on the most?”

“It’s so cool to see someone’s creative side on their Hinge profile. And you being a graphic designer just caught my eye. 

I have a big appreciation for graphic design, and I think it’s so fascinating how you can bring a brand’s vision to life through your designs. 

That’s why I was curious, what kind of projects do you enjoy working on the most? Are you more into designing logos or creating graphics for social media? I bet you have some amazing stories to tell about the projects you’ve worked on!”

And there you go! Do you see how cool that is? 

12. “I know we just met, but I must confess I’m impressed with your fashion sense.” 

It’s a bold move to mention being impressed so soon after matching, but sometimes taking a risk can pay off in the world of dating. But this line can lead to a fun conversation about fashion, what they like to wear, and where they find inspiration. 

When you see someone’s profile and they catch your eye with their fantastic fashion sense, let them know. Starting a conversation with a compliment, as you know, is always a great way to get the ball rolling. 

[Related: 10 Ways to Not Be a Dry Texter]

5 Quick Tips for Starting the Best Hinge Conversations 

The conversation starters I’ve given you in this article all follow a blueprint. And if you understand this blueprint, you can get creative with your style and have the best conversations. Here you go: 

Look for common interests

One of the easiest ways to start a conversation is by mentioning something you both have in common. Whether it’s a shared love of a certain hobby, type of food, or place, using this as a jumping-off point can make for a natural and engaging conversation.

Ask open-ended questions

Avoid yes or no questions and opt for open-ended questions that allow the other person to share more about themselves. For example, instead of asking “Do you like to travel?” try asking “What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to?”

Compliment something unique about their profile

If you notice something specific about their profile that catches your eye, mention it! Whether it’s a unique photo, a creative bio, or a fun fact, starting the conversation with a compliment can set a positive tone and make the other person feel good.

Be curious

Ask questions that show you’re genuinely interested in getting to know the person. Avoid asking questions that are too personal too soon, but don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions to keep the conversation flowing.

Keep it light and fun

Remember, this is just the beginning of the conversation and you want to keep things light and enjoyable. Avoid heavy topics and controversial subjects, and aim to keep the tone friendly and upbeat.

[Related: How To Keep A Conversation Going]

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