We sent out an anonymous survey to get people's best, most creative first-date questions. Check them out, and if you want, leave a comment with some of your own go-to conversation-starters.
Dates can be either the most exciting or the most stomach-churning experience a person can have while trying to get to know someone.
On a first date go for a friendly tone rather than an intimate tone when asking this question. Don’t be afraid to change plans if you arrive at a restaurant and find it’s too noisy for a good conversation. It can be hard to figure out what to ask without making it seem like you're interrogating your date.After all, the key to a good date is relaxed conversation, and the last thing you want is to recreate the beginning of this scene from But whether you're trying to fill an awkward silence or just trying to get to know your date better, we have you covered.That’s where good-old dating questions come into play. Nothing fills awkward silences more than flirty, curious questions. You come off as the perfect date – attentive and completely interested in what your potential partner has to say. [Read: 20 Questions to ask on a first date for the best conversation] #9 Do you want to get married? What’s your biggest regret that you have in your life so far? What’s the one movie you love more than any other movie? If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you? If you didn’t have to worry about money or a job, where would you live in the world? What was the last book that you got so absorbed in that you couldn’t put it down? You only get 3 words to describe yourself – what are they? Which is better to listen to – your heart or your brain? We’re wired so that once we start to develop an emotional attachment this is hard to break away from. Why: Different vacation preferences or amounts of vacation time can be a major source of ongoing incompatibility. Why: This question helps establish if your date has a positive or negative attitude? Why: Helps you find out the person's preferences and also helps you establish if the person has any free time or if they're a workaholic. Find out early if there are reasons that “making it work” will be fraught. Select a few of these questions rather than attempt to ask them all on the same first date! For example, if one person likes to take very long trips and the other person has a more standard two weeks vacation time. If asking this question leads to five solid minutes of them complaining you'll know the person sees the glass as half empty. Why: When you enter a relationship with someone you’re also entering a relationship with their friends. Why: If one of you doesn't like pets and the other has 3 dogs, that's likely to be a problem.