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The Best & Worst Pickup Lines for Dating Apps


Since the majority of the world's population has been quarantined, checking out the dating scene has been limited to apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge. The most common date during quarantined? Video chatting via Zoom. Although dating apps have been popular for quite some time, CNBC reported in May of 2020 that there has been a 20% increase in sent messages in Seattle, San Francisco, and NYC (https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/24/how-singles-are-meeting-up-on-dating-apps-during-the-coronavirus.html). Want to start a conversation but do not know how? Of course you can go with the classic "Hey, what's up?" or "How is your day?," but why not spice it up a bit? Below you can find some of the best and worst conversation starters to use with someone you match with on your chosen dating app.

The Worst


When you shoot your shot and miss terribly. At least they attempted a poem?



Tinder Nightmares. Photo of Tinder Conversation. Instagram, photograph submitted to Tinder Nightmares, 3 May 2020.


This doesn't even need an explanation....just don't.






Tinder Nightmares. Photo of Tinder Conversation. Instagram, photograph submitted to Tinder Nightmares, 24 April 2020.


C'mon, at least call her the correct name.





Tinder Nightmares. Photo of Tinder Conversation. Instagram, photograph submitted to Tinder Nightmares, 21 Sept. 2019.

One word....AWKWARD!!









Overheard Bumble. Photo of Bumble Conversation. Instagram, photograph submitted to Overheard Bumble, 1 Dec. 2019.


The Best


Honestly, this conversation starter can be hit or miss, but it definitely seems worth the try. I don't know how the rest of the conversation went, but it seems like they are off to a good start!







Tinder Nightmares. Photo of Tinder Conversation. Instagram, photograph submitted to Tinder Nightmares, 19 Sept. 2018.


This may be the best icebreaker I have seen.




Tinder Convos. Photo of Tinder Conversation. Instagram, photograph submitted to Tinder Convos, 13 Nov. 2018.


I've never seen a conversation started like this, but it is definitely a unique way to learn something about the person you are messaging right off the bat!




Overheard Bumble. Photo of Bumble Conversation. Instagram, photograph submitted to Overheard Bumble, 25 March 2018.

Okay this was smooth AF. Everyone loves a good pickup line, and the person receiving the message had no choice but to answer because what the heck does B16 mean?




Tinder Nightmares. Photo of Tinder Conversation. Instagram, photograph submitted to Tinder Nightmares, 26 Nov. 2018.



★Picture credits go to @tindernightmares, @overheardbumble, & @tinderconvos

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