7 Super Effective Tinder Pickup Lines I’ve Gotten During Quarantine
You can say many bad things about lockdown, but one there’s one thing you cannot say: that it’s ruining your dating life. Guess what? You have absolutely no excuse to let the coronavirus put a damper on your city-wide search for a new boo! Thanks to dating apps (like Tinder) and social factors (like isolation from our peers), it’s never been easier to find love. Quarantine romance is 100% a thing, y’all, so you can say goodbye to getting ghosted.
I recently decided to download Tinder myself so that I could get to work on locking down a boyfriend for when I next leave my house in 2021, and I was NOT disappointed. Take a look at some of the hot pickup lines men have sent me online recently that almost tempted me to break social distancing guidelines—I hope it inspires you to go on your own virtual journey and seek out the love you deserve, too!
1. “What antidepressants you on”
What I loved about this pickup line is that with one simple question, Matthew proved right off the bat that he was thinking about me as a human being, not just sexualizing me based on my profile. Starting our conversation with this personal question convinced me that Matthew was really looking to get to know me, the real me, and that made me very interested in getting to know him right back. Who doesn’t love being spoiled every now and again? Connection established!
2. “Lol is everything ok?!”
I know what you’re thinking: Who the hell uses “?!” instead of “??” these days? That was my immediate reaction, too. You might call it a red flag, but I had a hunch that the question-mark-exclamation-point combo was just evidence that Justin was an old soul, and after messaging for a few days I can confidently say that I was right! Also, extra points for “Lol” — I love it when men lead with a little laughter, because it makes them seem so down-to-earth, which makes me feel comfortable cracking a smile back.
3. “Hey cutie, you tryna get choked? It’ll take ur mind off things ;)”
Okay, let’s talk pet names. Sometimes, a guy will message me calling me “Sweetie” or “Baby,” and I’ll be totally grossed out, but for some reason, Marc read me totally right when he assumed I would like “Cutie.” At the end of the day, I really think the deciding factor on whether a nickname is cute or creepy is the context—the fact that Marc adopted a pet name when asking about my intimacy preferences actually made me feel really safe and at home talking to him.
4. “What happened????”
Curiosity and passion? Check AND check. Seamus didn’t beat around the bush with this message, and I liked that. This may seem obvious, but I really can’t stress it enough: starting a conversation with an open-ended question is the best way to get someone to respond. The practical difference between “How are you?” and “What happened????” isn’t that big, but the difference in emotional resonance is enormous.
5. “Babe don’t cry xx”
Is it getting hot in here, or is that just my face after reading this message? Seriously, you guys, even when Tinder made the Passport feature free to discourage meeting up with people who live close to you, I still never would have imagined that within a matter of minutes, a hot British boy would be calling me babe. Will I ever meet my personal Price Harry face to face, or will the vast ocean prevent our love from flourishing? Only time will tell!
6. “was abt to call my ma but u look like u rlly need someone to talk to, hit my line it’s XXX-XXX-XXXX”
Overconfidence alert! So Rex thinks he can just give me his number unsolicited and that I’ll call him? Hah, as if. Yet there was something about this line that intrigued me—maybe it was the subtle Mama’s Boy vibe, or the disabled automatic capitalization, or even the unorthodox abbreviation for “about” (which seemed pretty damn worldly). Overconfidence aside, with a little scrutiny, Rex seemed like he would make for a really loyal boyfriend—or maybe even husband, some day down the line. (I still responded in-app, of course.)
7. “Hannah should I be worried about you? haha”
Where to even start with this one? First of all, I love it when men address me by my name—it always sends a shiver of arousal down my spine. Kyle clearly intuited this when he wrote me this sexy little note. I’m amazed by how much of his personality he showed off here: he’s doting and seductive, but also has a fun, flirty “haha” side. Demonstrating all that character in just a few words makes him practically the modern Ernest Hemingway, if you ask me. We talked all night.
Before the coronavirus hit, I was dateless and pretty down on myself, to be honest. I don’t know what made me hesitate so long to download Tinder. Fast forward to now, and I’m so, so happy I did press that magical little download button. Think about it: I have seven hunks begging to wine and dine me as soon as it’s socially responsible to do so. My biggest problem from here on out is just deciding which one to stick with!