Opening lines for dating

Bumble, created by a former Tinder founder, has found success because its marketing campaign has attracted an elite crowd, but the thought of putting actual effort into app dating has always overwhelmed me.

Who has the time to scroll through multiple profiles and think of something clever to say? I immediately messaged each of my matches with the cheesy pickup lines labeled “openers” and started hearing back before I was done sending them.

They might promise to make finding love–or at least a hook up–really easy, but there are now apps that make it even easier.

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.

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