If they’re a camping nut, don’t ask them what the best park to go camping is, ask them what their best camping experience was.This is a wild guess but if you’re in your early 20s it might apply: you could respond in the same fashion as them. I suggest this because the current generation of young adults have grown up having these types of conversations through IM and texts. Now I would think most people would move to something a bit more fleshed out when dating online…but maybe not!This can open the door to better conversations they will gain genuine interest in you and you’ll find yourself not having any issues in regards to having the opportunity to talk about yourself.
One thing you can try is finding something they are passionate about in their profile and asking them a general open-ended question about it.
Normally if a guy contacts (or responds) to a girl they’ll try to continue to move the conversation along.
Sure, every now and again I would expect you to run into a guy/girl that responds with short, one-sentence replies but I wouldn’t expect you to see this happening repeatedly.
Speaking of instant messengers, that could be another option.
If you sent them an email suggesting you chat at a specific time, maybe they would be more inclined to open up in a chat session.