First dates are always kind of awkward.
You’re kind of uncomfortable, you don’t quite know what to say, and you want to get to know a little bit more about the person besides what they’re going to have for dinner.
Well, you’re in luck!
The truth is we can use all the help we can get going on first dates and here is some advice from people that you might find useful.
Let’s see what folks on AskReddit had to say.
1. That’s intriguing.
“What are some things your parents don’t know about you?”
“Which vegetable offends you the most?”
3. You never know.
“What’s your favorite dinosaur?”
4. Always important.
“Do you have any outstanding warrants?”
5. Maybe you can try these.
“What was your first pet’s name?
What was your second grade teacher’s name?
What was the make and model of your first car?
What is the name of the road you grew up on?
What city were you born in?
Good way to get to know someone.”
6. Some good advice.
“Honestly there is no rule book questions you should really abide to. Just get to talking. Start off with small talk-openers like where did you go to school, where do you work, do you like this and that.
Eventually you’ll get around to talking about hobbies/experiences. You can tater off and then talk about your own experiences and just ping-pong off of each other. Eventually you get a pretty good feel of that person as genuine or fake.
That’s how most conversation starts sounding natural with a good flow.
Of course if you get somebody that sees you, and finds you butt ugly, then you won’t get any responses at all. And any questions you ask would lead to no information about them.”
7. Skip the work talk.
“What do you like doing in your free time?
I never asked about people’s jobs.
I didn’t really care how they got their money, I cared how they got their excitement and passion.”
8. Fighting words.
“Ask them who their favorite muppet is.
If they choose anyone other than Gonzo, explain why they are wrong and then leave.”
9. Let’s get hypothetical.
“Lots of hypothetical situation questions, I find they help you understand how they think and prioritize their lives.
Eg. If you could travel anywhere in the world for w month, all expenses paid, where would you go? What would you do?”
10. This one is crucial.
“Why don’t you put away your phone?”
11. Kind of intense…
“Your parents are about to be executed. You are given a chance to save only one of them. Which one do you choose?
Bonus points if you follow up with what’s your favorite ice cream flavor?”
12. Never heard this one before.
“I don’t know if it’s good for a date but it’s fun to ask strangers, what’s your favorite compliment?
It gives you a lot of information and i think it starts a conversation pretty easily.”
13. The good stuff.
“What’s your favourite random fact?
What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve done?
What’s your worst cooking disaster?
What would be the hardest thing for you to live without?”
14. A big one.
“Coke or Pepsi?
Especially if you’re serving them.”
15. Let’s play a game.
“This isn’t so much questions, but a little game you can play that can help break the ice and let you know how well you mesh together.
If you’re at a place like a bar or restaurant look around the room and try to come up with backstories for other people there. It’s can be a lot of fun and takes some of the pressure off, while getting you two talking to each other and getting a feel for each other’s sense of humor/personality.”
16. Cut to the chase.
“Just get it off the table.
Kids or no kids?”
17. This would actually tell you a lot about them.
“I’m stung by a jellyfish, you peeing on me?”
18. Might scare them off.
“If I called you and told you that I killed my neighbor and I need help getting rid of the body, would you:
A. Accept with no questions asked
B. Call the police
C. Start your oven and ask how much they weighed.”
19. The day the world changed.
“Where were you on 9/11?”
20. The nitty-gritty.
“If you had an hour during which any crime was both legal and socially acceptable, what would you do?”
“Are there any social taboos that you feel are a bit ridiculous? Are there any to which you don’t personally adhere?”
“What is the most allegedly unacceptable perspective that you hold?”
21. Just in case…
“What would be your weapon of choice in the apocalypse?”
22. You gotta know that one.
“How likely are you to yell at me in public”
From comedian Sam Morril.”
23. You might bore them to death.
“What’s your favorite pPowerpoint slide transition?”
24. Let’s get weird.
“Open-ended questions that lets them talk about them a bit. Stuff like “what are your political leanings?” “Are you religious?” “What is your stance on the Armenian genocide?””
25. You don’t want to mess that up.
“If their name is an uncommon one, make sure you ask what’s the correct pronunciation.
Literally the first thing I said to my husband on our first date was “hello” followed by a butchered attempt to say his name. He replied “what did you just call me?” and up until that moment, I had never before felt the urge to jump into the nearby creek in mid-February.”
So what do you think?
Would you use any of these questions next time you’re on a first date?
Talk to us in the comments and let us know.
Please and thank you!
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