Chat up lines are a lot like relationships themselves: hard to craft but when you get it right, they can be perfect.

Analysts at dating app Hinge feel our plight, and have researched the one-liners that really work when it comes to finding love.

They composed over a hundred original openers, of varied structure, subject matter and length and found that the word “Hey” didn’t really cut it as an introduction. Instead higher engagement messages such as “Please confirm you’re not one of those people who claps when the plane lands” are far more likely to get a reply.

The test which took place among US users also showed that successful opening lines varied by region. People living on the West Coast and Midwest seemed to like questions about culture and nostalgia, while daters in New York and DC liked the silly questions. In terms of gender, Hinge reported that men were more 98 per cent likely to respond to an assertive message, and women were 40 per cent more likely to answer messages about food.

The top openers by gender were as follows:

For men

Free this week?

Drinks soon?

For women

Chocolate, red velvet or funfetti?

Best discovery: Netflix or avocados?

Top openers by city:

San Francisco “Peter Pan syndrome”

1) What movie scared you the most when you were little?

2) What was the first CD you ever bought yourself?

Los Angeles – “Entertainment”

1) Do you think Leo will ever get that Oscar?

2) You can only keep one: Jon Steward, Stephen Colbert, or John Oliver?

Chicaco – “90s kids”

1) Who’s your go-to Mario Kart character

2) What 90s song would you use as the title of your autobiography?

Boston – “No nonsense”

1) Please confirm you’re not one of those people who claps when the plane lands

2) Hey, what’s up?

New York City – “Escape reality”

1) Choose: Adult treehouse or the ability to talk to animals?

2) How was your 2004?

Washington DC – “Cheese”

1) Choose a dream job: puppy photographer or pizza critic?

2) Do you string your string cheese or bite it?

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