(Link): 14 Better Ways to Break the Ice on Dating Apps – from Marie Claire
….As users fill in their bios, they’re directed to ask an icebreaker question [on some dating sites], which is featured front and center on the profile, underneath the photo.
Matches must answer it initiate a connection, but it’s an easy, pressure-free way to begin a convo (and decidedly more interesting than “hey, what’s up”). So to help put those good ol’ fashioned conversational skills to task, here’s a list of tension-melting opening lines you haven’t heard a million times.
1. Tell me your life story in five emojis.
This is a non-intimidating way for someone to tell you who they are and a chance for your match to show off their cleverness.
2. If it was your last day on earth, what would eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
Their answer gives you insight into their palate, as well as provides some potential dinner date ideas down the line.
3. If someone made a costume of you, what would they wear?
An opener like this one explores their sense of self and how they think the world sees them. If your interest is piqued, it’s a great excuse to meet them quickly to see if their self-awareness measures up.
4. On my way to the grocery store—what can I pick up for you?
A shopping cart item is worth a thousand words.
…7. Tell me about a time you were injured.
Whether it’s a bizarre tale of getting a straw lodged in their nose as a kid or spring break mishap in undergrad, everyone has a good “ouch!” story to tell. It’s a topic that’s guaranteed to get a dialogue going.
8. What’s the most embarrassing song you know all the lyrics to?
This is a step up from the typical “What kind of music do you listen to?” question because it’s not about taste, it’s about guilty pleasures. It offers a nice moment of vulnerability, and hopefully some laughs. Just don’t forget it at karaoke.
9. What’s the worst gift you ever got? (And did you return it?)
This is an easy way to find out about your match’s likes and dislikes—and if they’re politely sentimental.