What To Avoid When Answering The 'The Hallmark Of A Good Relationship Is' Hinge Prompt

If you're currently single or have ever been single in the age of Hinge, you're probably more familiar with the app than you'd like to be. Sure, online dating can introduce us to interesting people we wouldn't otherwise meet, but it's difficult and frustrating sorting through so many users to find that special one. That being said, when you're ready to find love, you're ready ... and you probably aren't going to let the work stand in your way. According to MindBodyGreen, there are some key signs that help indicate if it's the right time for you to find your person: You should know yourself and what you want, be emotionally available, and feel comfortable navigating conflict, to name a few.

Does that all sound like you? If you answered yes, it's time to get serious about prompts on the app so you can make Hinge work for you. "The hallmark of a good relationship is" question is an excellent place to start — but there are some critical do's and don'ts for this one that you should know about.

What to avoid in your answer for the hallmark of a good relationship

This prompt is all about communicating what you want without coming across too short, too serious, or too unserious. What you definitely don't want to do is answer with one word, even if the word is something like "trust" or "romance." Yes, those are lovely things to have in a relationship, but they're extremely unspecific and fairly bland. One-word answers aren't going to give people on Hinge the full picture of you, and it may seem like you're not putting in loads of effort. (So, why should they?) 

It's also important to strike the right balance between taking the prompt sincerely and maintaining a lighthearted tone. For example, writing something like "you demonstrate unwavering loyalty" is probably not the way to go, but neither is "a lot of great sex." After all, you don't want to immediately scare someone off by seeming super intense or steer them away because you're treating the process like a joke. Of course, you ultimately have to be honest, and do you.

What you should say instead

This prompt is a great place to let people know what your values are and what you'll be like to date — so give your suitors a positive and accurate first impression. For example, writing something more like "we laugh all the time but can also cry together" doesn't fall too far on either side of the serious-slash-joke spectrum, and it shows people that both humor and emotional support are important to you. Obviously, that won't be the perfect answer for everyone because everyone's different; perhaps you value a certain communication style or type of routine and want to work that in. 

It can also be helpful to think about the kind of language and relationship wants that tend to draw you in when you're browsing on Hinge. Yes, it's totally acceptable to take inspiration from some good ones you've already seen. All in all, you should spend a solid amount of time reflecting on your dating goals and craft a profile that stands out because your effort might just lead you to the love of your life.