In the age of online dating, there are a million and one ways for your love life to go right and just as many ways to do it wrong. The perfect opening line on a dating app like Tinder can be a straight shot from your phone into an unsuspecting heart. A bad line will leave you with an empty inbox, except for, maybe, a couple of hard rejections.
On Tinder, opening lines are oftentimes your chance to make it or break it. Bad opening lines can be bad because they’re corny, thoughtless, overused, or offensive. If you send a bad opening line, not only will you not get responses but you might get reported for offensive behavior. In the end, nobody is really winning.
We’ve pulled together a list of over 50 opening lines that just plain don’t work, so you’ll have an idea of what to avoid.
If you’re thinking about sending off one of these cheesy pickup lines you can find around the web or something that looks like them, give it a second thought.
These are far from the only ways you can mess up a Tinder opening line, but these are definitely ones to avoid. The best policy when reaching out to someone you’re interested in is to be genuine, funny, and original. If you’re sending one of these bad lines out to 100 matches, it’s easy to tell. Do yourself a favor: do better than these and keep on swiping.