Personal assistant Ele's most effective openers have one thing in common — peanut butter.
Some of her most successful icebreakers include “Life or death decision: peanut butter or Nutella?
Some of my friends exclusively use Bumble but fumble over how to introduce themselves.
Some still use Tinder but get frustrated waiting around for a nice guy to say hello first.
Nothing screams romance the way a pre-made pickup line does, right?
While the canned lines work wonders, there are sites devoted to men responding to any openers, including emo band Dashboard Confessional’s lyrics. For some conversations, I continued using the pickup lines, which always received responses, meaning these men were basically talking to a robot.
It was an effective way to waste time, actually going on a date with someone I met by a prepackaged pickup line was an uncomfortable reminder of how dating apps are becoming less about real connections and more about drink dates with a different person nightly.
People who struggle with what to say when online dating can now download Dating Hacks, which insists you’ll “never send the wrong message that ruins your chance of getting a date ever again.” Basically, it’s an app with ready-made messages for clueless daters, promising “to start and maintain engaging conversations, get the phone number and setup dates.” While most hoped that pickup artist negs would disappear when the television show The Pickup Artist was cancelled in 2008, it’s alive on the app, with a section stocked with subtle put-downs.
The app, which launched on January 16, allows users to choose from over 500 messages with 30 categories, including After Date, Sexting, After Sex, What Are We?