Mastering Hinge Prompts | How to Craft Engaging and Insightful Responses to Stand Out from the Crowd

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Picture this: You’re scrolling on your dating app on a Friday night looking for a date. There’s a picture of a woman falling out of a chair while wearing a bridesmaid dress–captured at the perfect moment, right as she’s fallen, but before she’s hit the ground. 

Right beneath the photo there’s a prompt:

If you could travel anywhere, where would you want to go?

The response? “The moon–I’ve embarrassed myself enough on this Earth–let’s go!”

What if I told you that this prompt, combined with the photo and the response, garnered this woman multiple dates and that to this day literally every like or comment on her profile is regarding the answer to this prompt and photo? 

How do I know that? 

Because this woman’s profile is mine. I won’t bore you with the story of how the photo happened, but I’ll tell you this–my prompt has become an ice breaker for every single one of my matches to where almost every conversation I’ve had on the app is because of that photo and prompt. 

So what’s the key here? For an app that’s tagline is “designed to be deleted” you need to lighten up! The less seriously you take things, the more likely you’re a) going to get a match and b) going to have some things to talk about. 

Hinge is unique because of its ability to allow users to pick different prompts and then customize an answer.

So where do you start? First let’s explore how Hinge differs from other apps and dating sites.


How Hinge Prompts Help You Customize and Connect

Hinge is designed to create the feeling that you can cultivate a meaningful connection from the first swipe. 

The app helps users find long-term relationships rather than casual hookups, reputations that have originated from popular dating apps like Tinder. 

To facilitate this, Hinge emphasizes getting to know potential matches beyond just their photos, by providing prompts that encourage users to share more about themselves and engage in thought provoking or even amusing conversations.

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Friends of Friends Model

Unlike other dating sites where users can match with anyone in their area, Hinge uses a “friends of friends” model to suggest potential matches. 

This means that users are more likely to be connected with people they have mutual friends or acquaintances with, which can increase the sense of security and trust.

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Profile Design

Hinge’s profile design is unique because it allows users to showcase their personalities beyond just photos. 

By picking prompts, users can share more detailed information about their interests, preferences, and values. This can drastically help your swiping situation. 

If you absolutely despise horror movies, then you’re probably going to know better than to swipe on someone who puts their interests, hobbies, and profession as “horror movie reporter.” 


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Understanding the Importance of Hinge Prompts

Hinge prompts are an essential part of the user’s profile and provide users an opportunity to showcase personality, interests, and values. 

Think of the prompts as a storytelling device, a unique opportunity to tell the story of you–the past you–and the future you’re looking to create with a partner. 

By sharing personal anecdotes and experiences, you can create a more authentic and memorable profile that resonates with potential matches.

If you’re old like me, you might remember the days of AOL messenger when people would IM a/s/l, an abbreviation that stands for age, sex, and location.

In many ways, this was the start of online dating profiles, where that was the only information you put out about yourself. 

 

Hinge now takes things a step further by encouraging users to go beyond the basics and share more meaningful information about their passions, hobbies, and values. 

By answering prompts in a creative and thoughtful way, users can stand out from the crowd and catch the attention of potential matches. 

This is also an opportunity to be authentic and honest about who you are and what you’re looking for in a relationship. 

By being genuine, you’re more likely to attract matches who are looking for a similar connection, leading to more successful matches.


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Crafting Engaging and Insightful Responses

The quality of responses to prompts can make or break a user’s profile on Hinge, and there are certain tips and tricks, strategies, and techniques that you can use for prompts to increase matches on your profile. 

Humor is a powerful tool for engaging potential matches and making your profile stand out. Using playful language can make your responses on Hinge more engaging and entertaining. 

Try to avoid being too straightforward with your answers; instead, opt for creative and unexpected responses–case in point: where do I want to travel? The moon. 

By creating an answer that people wouldn’t expect and one that also ties into an embarrassing photo, I’m immediately standing out.

Use the prompt to your advantage and don’t be afraid to be self-deprecating because, again, the less serious you take yourself, the more fun people will probably have with you. 

Just remember that with humor, the key is usually less is more. The rest of my profile is much less amusing, and while still entertaining, I let my first answer to the prompt about traveling do all the talking. 

It’s also important not to force humor into your responses, and if you’re unsure if something is coming off right, it’s better just not to add it. 

Instead, focus on being authentic, insightful, and engaging in a way that feels true to who you are.

Personal anecdotes can be a great way to make responses to prompts more engaging and memorable. Draw on your own experiences to craft responses to prompts. 

Don’t be afraid to get personal by highlighting any unique interests you may have. Hinge prompts often ask users about their interests, hobbies, and passions and the more you showcase what you like, the more genuine you’ll come off, and the more likely you’ll increase your compatibility with potential matches. 

Hinge places a strong emphasis on values-based matching, so it’s important for users to include their personal values in their responses to prompts. 

By effectively communicating your values, you’re spreading authenticity, something everyone finds attractive. 

Hinge’s prompts are essentially icebreakers, serving as conversation starters to make connecting with a partner even easier. Have fun with it!


Tips for Choosing the Right Prompts

Hinge offers a range of prompts for users to choose from, and it’s essential to select ones that best reflect you as a person. 

When it comes to choosing prompts for your profile, it’s crucial to select ones that genuinely reflect your personality and interests. 

Hinge offers a wide range of prompts that users can choose from, including ones that are light-hearted, thought-provoking, or even a little cheeky. 

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Consider your hobbies, interests, and personality traits to select the right prompts. 

  • If you’re a foodie, you might select prompts related to cooking or trying new restaurants. 
  • If you’re an avid traveler, you might choose prompts that relate to exploring new places or adventure-seeking. 
  • Or if you’re weird like me, you’ll put a photo of you eating cheese under the prompt: my favorite pastime.
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Choose prompts that match a particular theme. 

  • If you’re a dog lover, you might select prompts related to your furry friend
  • If you’re passionate about social justice, pick something that allows you to talk about your interests in activism or equality. 

You get the idea. People are reading between the lines, so let your personality shine. 

And whatever you do, don’t feel pressure to select the most popular or trendy prompts if they don’t reflect who you are. 


How to Avoid Common Mistakes 

When it comes to using Hinge prompts, there are some common mistakes that users make that can hurt their chances of finding a meaningful connection. 

If you want to increase your matches and find partners you’ll actually get along with, try to avoid these faux pas. 

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  1. Being too generic: Generic responses to prompts don’t reveal much about your personality or interests. 
  • You like dogs. Cool. What kind of dogs? 
  • You write for a blog? What kind of blog? 

Try to provide specific and unique responses that showcase your individuality. This will also create icebreakers for other people to start conversation with you.

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  1. Overthinking responses: While it’s important to put effort into crafting responses, overthinking can lead to responses that come across as forced or insincere. 

If I wasn’t a writer, I would definitely suffer from this. I overthink everything! To avoid this mistake, try to imagine you’re talking to someone you trust, like your best friend or your pet parrot. 

Create responses read as natural and authentic–and if you’re unsure, have a friend look it over (or read it back to your parrot and have them quote it back to you to see how it sounds).

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  1. Being too negative: No one likes a negative nancy–unless you’re adding a funny twist or showing you’re joking. 

Still, I’d recommend limiting responses that come across as negative or cynical. We’re dating to find love or a fun night, not to talk about the asteroid that’s on its way to Earth in ten years (joking!).

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  1. Forgetting to proofread: I mean, I definitely judge based on grammar. But spell-checking is part of my job so it’s kind of hard to turn off. 

Still, I recommend rereading for grammar errors, because otherwise they can detract from the overall quality of your responses and make you appear careless. 


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The Role of Prompts in Building Relationships

Overall, Hinge stands out from other dating sites because they encourage people to take advantage of their prompts to cultivate connections. 

But keep in mind that Hinge prompts are more than just a means of showcasing personality and interests. They also serve as conversation starters and can help in building relationships. 

Prompts–and your answers–can be used to spark deeper conversations and create a stronger connection between potential matches. 

By sharing personal experiences and insights, you can give potential matches a glimpse into your personality, values, and interests. 

This not only helps build trust and understanding but can also allow you to discover commonalities and shared interests with your dates. 

The more meaningful and authentic your profile, the more likely your conversations, and then your dates will go the same. 

So take my advice, folks: stay lighthearted, keep it real, and don’t be afraid to post a picture of you falling out of a chair and add an answer to a prompt that references it. 

You’ll get more swipes and matches than you expect. And definitely some good, entertaining conversation.

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