THERE’S AN ART to curating your Hinge profile. If you’re looking for quality matches, don’t be the guy with a barren profile who sends a mildly enthused “Hey, how’s it going?” to every potential partner. Hinge offers a feature called prompts: conversation starters that let you show yourself off and spark more substantive conversations—and you should use them to your advantage.
Choosing the correct Hinge prompts—and writing good answers to those prompts—will help you scan the many fish in the sea to find those most suited for you. It might sound like a daunting task to craft the perfect profile, but at least you’re an expert in the subject matter: you.
“The most important thing to remember is to tell the truth and be authentic,” says Gigi Engle, a certified sex and relationship psychotherapist and sex expert at the LGBTQIA+ dating app Taimi. “The more you tell about yourself and the more honest you are, the more likely it is you’ll attract someone who will prove to be a good match.”
Best practices for crafting your Hinge prompts
Having an air of mystery may seem hot in movies, but it’s just a waste of time in real life—especially when it comes to dating apps, where determining what’s real and what’s not is so much more difficult than it is in person. “Being coy may seem like a safer way to interact on apps, but it doesn’t yield fruitful results,” Engle says. (No one’s swiping right on a bio that says “I suck at writing bios.”)
So nix those coy answers and get specific when you fill out your Hinge prompts. The more specific you get, the likelier you are to match with people that are similar to you. That means you’ll really have to think about yourself and want you want.
Be specific when discussing what you’re looking for, too. Vagueness won’t help narrow your options. For example, don’t just say you’re looking for “someone with a lot of personality” (is anyone not looking for someone with a personality?); say you’re looking for “someone with a lot of energy, and who enjoys being active and trying new things” (or whatever that personality looks like to you). Be honest, both with yourself and in your profile. Don’t say you’re “super into the gym” because you want someone with a six-pack, when in reality you haven’t been to gym in six months and have no intention of starting again.
Add a variety of prompts to paint a full picture of yourself. If all of your prompts are jokes, that doesn’t reveal a ton about you. But, if all your prompts are serious, you might come off as a little intense—and you won’t be revealing much about your day-to-day life.
The 20 best Hinge prompts to help get you a response