Questions like these - as well as a couple of serious ones - are good to have in mind on dates because they keep the conversation lighthearted, keep it moving, and most importantly, they keep it fun.
I asked my dad about this experience, and here’s how he described it: he told his parents he was ready to get married, so his family arranged meetings with three neighboring families. That’s how my dad decided on the person with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life.
Obviously, certain questions are appropriate for different phases of a relationship.
You wouldn't want to ask someone on the second date to reveal to you what most people don't know about him, but you may be able to if you've been together for several months.
During the first couple of dates, questions like these may feel more comfortable than some other types.
Knowing a potential boyfriend or girlfriend's future goals will let you know if you're on similar paths and whether you're compatible.
This kind of rigor goes into a lot of my decisionmaking.
Whether it’s where I’m eating, where I’m traveling or, God forbid, something I’m buying, like a lot of people in my generation—those in their 20s and 30s—I feel compelled to do a ton of research to make sure I’m getting every option and then making the best choice.
I checked the website Eater for its Heat Map, which includes new, tasty restaurants in the city. The stunning fact remained: it was quicker for my dad to find a wife than it is for me to decide where to eat dinner.
Try some general ones like these or choose a theme and let the conversation roll from there.
From pop culture and phone apps to old favorites and magazine subscriptions, learning about a person's media preferences can give you insight into who they are early in a relationship.
Asking someone what their favorite things are, will give you a lot of information in a short amount of time, and it usually won't feel like you're prying (especially if you are both answering the questions). Before you launch into questions that could potentially have embarrassing answers, gauge how the other person is feeling.
Are they the type of person who's likely to be an open book with their answers and willing to laugh them off with you, or are they more guarded and probably worried about sharing too much?