Best Topics to Talk About

As in all species, we humans need to communicate with one another to survive. Unlike animals, however, we have an obligation to be social sometimes. For some, that’s an easy task. For others, not so much. Even if it is easy for you to talk with people, it can still be challenging to come up with what to say. We need to devise topics that are interesting and hopefully not too controversial. 

That’s where we at EndangeredEmoji can help you out. We have come up with a list of several interesting and hopefully not too controversial topics to talk about with other people. Our goal is to help you to improve your relationships with people around you by introducing you to a plethora of options for ways to communicate with them. If which topic to talk about has you stumped when you have to speak with others, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with some of these options so that you will have a virtual arsenal of topics and never run out of things to talk about with anyone. Good luck!

Best Topics to Talk About

When choosing which topics to talk about, you have to consider your audience, so I have broken down this list of topics into sections to help with that. You can click on the link to bring yourself to that topic. Each “audience” section has several topic ideas with questions under each one to help springboard you into good conversations.

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Random Topics

1. Phones

How many hours a day would you say you spend on your phone?

What is the longest period of time you’ve been without your phone?

If you got rid of your phone, do you think it would worsen or improve your mental and physical health?

How does having a phone make you a better person? How does it make you a worse person?

If you had to choose between getting rid of your dog or getting rid of your phone for good, what would you choose?

 

2. Apps

What kinds of apps do you use most often?

Why do you think we use certain apps to fill our time rather than other forms of entertainment?

Would you consider yourself to be addicted to a particular app or apps?

How do apps help us? How do they hinder us?

If you could invent an app, would you rather make a ton of money off it, but it doesn’t necessarily help people at all, or would you rather it helps the very few people who use it?

 

3. TV

What’s your most recent Netflix obsession?

What show do you wish would never end?

If you could direct and produce a TV show, what would the premise be?

Do you think TV shows are designed to send us subliminal messages about what is socially acceptable? In other words, is our whole society constructed on the basis of a few powerful corporate moguls in LA?

Where do you think TV ads cross the line when it comes to ethics and morality?

 

4. Movies

What’s your favorite genre of film?

What sci-fi movie do you hope the future will be like?

How many movies do you think are too many movies to watch per week?

When it comes to Hollywood special effects, would you say the graphic design and digital imaging industry is going to continue to get more and more advanced? Are we ever going to hit a peak quality level when it comes to movie graphics and special effects?

What is the coolest technology that you’ve seen in a movie that you wished could be real? (i.e. “Chewie, hit the hyperdrive!”)

 

5. History

What piece of modern technology would be deemed as witchcraft if it appeared in Medieval Europe?

In your opinion, what was the best/most impactful piece of technology invented in the last 50 years?

What do you think it would be like to go back in time and revert from sending text messages to memorizing morse code to communicate through telegrams?

How different do you think the world would be today if you were able to travel back in time (pre-20th century) and teach people how to create a computer?

What form of technology has changed the least over the last 100 years?

 

6. Future

What problems do you predict technology will solve in the next ten years?

What problems do you think technology will create?

Do you think we will have another technological breakthrough and subsequent boom like we did throughout the eighties and nineties with the invention of the internet?

What emerging technology are you most excited about?

Do you think we’ll reach a point where technology becomes too advanced for us to control?

 

7. Philosophical

Do you think technology will be the means of saving humanity, or will it be our destruction?

Does technology simplify life or make it more complicated?

How can you use technology to strengthen your relationships?

Is there something about technology that may be just as foreign to us as the depths of space?

In what ways does technology improve you as a person? In what ways do you think it hinders?

 

8. Environment

What technologies do you think could aid us in lowering CO2 emissions?

Do you think, despite our overconsumption of electricity, technology has more of a chance at helping the environment or more of a chance at hurting it?

How can we successfully merge our current technological advancements with environmental rehabilitation models?

Which do you think is more important: using the earth as an endless source of fuel–which it isn’t–or using human intuition and technology to solve the problems that we already have without creating new ones?

Should we change the way we look at technology to better suit the environment’s well being, or should we compromise the well-being of our environment for the sake of advancing technology?

 

9. Medical

How different do you think the world would be if penicillin were never invented?

How do we define the line between genetic engineering and “playing God”? Does mankind have the right to “grow” human body parts or alter embryonic dispositions?

With great power comes great responsibility. What medical technologies should be available to whom? Do the best healthcare treatments belong only to the wealthy, or should they be as equally distributed as possible?

Is there a limit to technological advancement as far as it relates to medicine?

Advances in medical technology mean people are living longer. What are some of the downsides of this? How old do you hope to live?

 

10. Relationships

What impact do you think technology has on your relationships? Is it negative or positive?

Where is technology appropriate and where is it inappropriate to use in a relationship?

What’s your opinion on online dating?

Is a relationship where you haven’t physically met the other person truly relationship?

Do you think technology makes confrontations or heavy conversations easier or harder to navigate?

 

11. Travel

Would you say the presence of technology (i.e. phones) detracts from or adds to the quality of your travel?

Do you think you can use technology to truly discover the world from the comfort of your own home? Or are you of the mindset that you have to go to a place to really experience it fully?

How do you think the rapid expansion of technology has impacted people’s travel experiences?

How do you think technology makes travel more manageable and the world more accessible?

Would you say technology limits our ability to see the world as it really is?

 

12. Education

Do you think technology inhibits or enhances learning?

What forms of modern technology do you wish you would have had during your school days to make everything easier?

Are you at all concerned about the effect that modern technology has on children’s memory spans?

Do you think there are better ways technology could be utilized in the public school system?

How would education be different if we didn’t have the technology we have now?

 

13. Art

In what ways do you think technology has broadened our artistic horizons? In what ways has it limited them?

Where do we draw the line between technology and art? Is there one?

How do you utilize technology to make the world a richer and more colorful place?

Do you think technology can be a means of sharing art, or do you think it merely cheapens the value of it?

Technology can be used to protect precious works of art, but it can also be used to forge those works. Do you think the more advanced technology gets, the harder it will be to be able to tell true art from fake art?

 

14. Pets and Animals

What’s your favorite animal?

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

What do you think your spirit animal would be?

Do you consider yourself an animal whisperer, or do you think all animals pretty much hate you?

Who would win in a fight between a lion and a tiger?

 

15. Music

What’s your favorite genre of music?

Do you think music is the universal language, or do we westernize too many sounds and reject foreign-sounding music?

Do you think the music industry is too commercialized?

Do you like jazz?

Who’s your favorite music artist?

 

16. Sports

If you could eliminate one sport off of the planet, what would it be?

What sports team were you raised to be a fan of?

Do you or did you used to play any sports?

Do you think sports are pretty much for everybody?

In your opinion, what’s the most dangerous type of sport?

 

17. Books

Do you have any favorite authors/books?

What’s the longest book you’ve ever read cover to cover?

If you were going to write a novel, what would it be about?

Do you think your life is interesting enough to write a memoir about?

Are you more of a physical copy type of person, or do you prefer using a kindle or other type of device to read?

 

18. Superhero

What’s your favorite superhero?

Do you have any theories on how Superman flies?

If you could be best friends with any superhero, who would it be?

What kind of superpowers do you think you would have?

Would you rather be a member of the Avengers or the Justice League?

 

19. Versus

Who would win: Spider-Man of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Who would win: Iron Man or Batman?

Who would win: Scarlet Witch or Eleven (from Stranger Things)?

Who would win: Rocky Balboa or Black Widow?

Who would win: the Hulk or the Terminator?

 

20. Space

What do you think exists on the other side/inside of a black hole?

How many stars do you think exist in the universe?

What would your ideal planet look like?

Do you think aliens have ever visited earth (and may even be living among us)?

Do you think Pluto should still be considered a planet?

 

21. Abstract

Is time merely a human creation?

Are there an infinite number of alternate realities where each decision that could be taken branches out into different outcomes?

Is there a plane beyond ours where we exist after death?

How would you define the soul?

What makes someone a human being? Is it merely self-awareness, or is the ability to recognize good from evil?

 

22. Beliefs

Why do you think religion plays such a significant role in so many people’s lives?

Do you think humankind is inherently good or inherently evil?

Do you think it’s truly possible to believe that nothing larger than our human capacity exists in the universe?

Is atheism a form of religion?

Have you ever changed your mind and stopped believing something you felt was profoundly true before?

 

23. Philosophy

Does a belief in free will make you more or less happy and fulfilled?

If there were a perfect clone made of you, replicated with every cell and hair down to the last detail, would it actually BE you?

Is suffering an essential part of being human?

Where do thoughts originate?

Can anything exist in isolation, or does everything have to be defined in relation to other things?

 

24. Conversing with Kids

What would the perfect playground look like?

What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

Which animal at the zoo do you like best?

If you could invent a new ice cream flavor, what would it be?

What’s your favorite part of school? What’s your least favorite part?

 

25. Food

What’s your favorite food?

Personally, are you of the opinion that homemade food tastes better than professionally-cooked cuisine?

Would you rather only eat fruit before it’s ripe or after it’s rotten?

What is the most food you’ve eaten in one sitting before?

Sweet or salty?

 

Topics For Talking With Girls

1. Career

Do you find your career fulfilling?

What led you to this career choice?

What are your opinions on the wage gap?

When you’re not working, what do you do to relax?

What’s your dream job?

 

2. Hobbies

How do you spend your free time?

Are you more of a go out on Friday night and party it up with friends type of person or a stay in and curl up on the couch with a good book or TV show type of person?

What is your favorite board game?

Do you think it’s essential to be trying to develop new hobbies and talents continuously?

Do you think everyone should prioritize time spent on their hobbies?

 

3. Food

What’s your favorite food?

Would you rather have a whole pizza to yourself or a whole pot of your favorite alfredo?

Which is the most important in a birthday celebration: ice cream or cake?

What food do you think you could realistically live on for the rest of your life?

When it comes to restaurants, do you prefer dining in or taking your order to go?

 

4. Art

What’s your personal artistic medium? How do you use art to express yourself?

If you’re musical, what instruments do you enjoy/play/are learning/have mastered?

If you’re into literature or poetry, what authors make your eyes water and your soul feel richer?

If you’re mathematical or scientific, what is it about the prospect of endless new discoveries that makes life so exciting and fulfilling for you?

If you’re into painting, makeup, or sculpture, what makes the aspects of color, shade, light, and visuals so intriguing to you?

 

5. Sports

In your opinion, what’s the most entertaining sport to watch at home versus the most entertaining sport to watch from the stands?

Do you or have you ever played any sports?

What’s your favorite form of recreation (i.e., hiking, surfing, trail-running, etc.)?

If you could be a famous professional athlete, what sport would you do?

What Olympic sport makes you the most emotional?

 

6. Morals and Values

Do you believe it’s possible to create a society where everyone values everyone else equally?

Did your parents teach you the “Golden Rule,” or did you have to come to understand it by yourself?

What effects do you think social media and pop culture have on our senses of right and wrong?

Should we live in a world where values and morals are explicitly written out and explained, or should we create a world where everyone is allowed to have varying moral standards–which often conflict with those of others? What is true freedom?

Do you value kindness over honesty? Do you think they are different or the same?

 

7. Bucket List

What’s one thing you feel like you would never have the actual guts to do but have always wanted to?

What’s the top item on your bucket list?

Would you consider yourself pretty adventurous?

If you had $500 million, what crazy things would you spend it on?

Do you think your bucket list would be better completed alone or with someone else tagging along?

 

8. Animals and Pets

Are you more of a dog or a cat person?

Do you think fish have souls?

If you were put into Jurassic Park, would you rather face a T-rex or a pack of velociraptors?

Do you prefer big dogs or little dogs? Or do you not have a preference? Would you just take any and every dog on the face of the planet?

If you were a Disney Princess, would you rather have a pet tiger like Jasmine or a pet chameleon like Rapunzel?

 

9. Pop Culture

Which TV show from the 90s, starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, was re-aired in 2016?

Who is the oldest Kardashian sister?

Which member of One Direction left first?

In which Star Wars movie does Jar Jar Binks first make an appearance?

In what year did Brad and Angelina split?

 

10. Education

What is your favorite school subject?

Describe your high school experience in one word.

Do you think learning is a lifelong pursuit?

What’s the highest level of education you want to achieve and what do you want to do with it?

How do you think public education can be improved in America today?

 

11. Environment

How do you change your lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly?

Do you use any sustainable products or buy sustainable fashion?

How big of an impact do you think your vote has on environmental policy?

Why do you think it’s difficult for so many people to understand how big of a crisis we’re experiencing?

Do you think news outlets and social media over-exaggerate or under-exaggerate the severity of ecological collapse?

 

12. Abstract

Do you think that the only thing that separates animals from human beings is self-awareness, or is there something else?

If the universe is expanding, aren’t we technically getting smaller?

If you could design an alternate reality, what would your life look like?

Thinking numbers, what would you guess is the size ratio between earth and the sphere of the “known universe”?

Did we invent math or did we discover it?

 

13. Dreams

How far into the future do you plan your life?

What is the biggest dream you had as a child that is completely unrealistic, but you didn’t think it was unrealistic when you were young?

Do you have a universally applicable dream for the human race?

What are the origins of our dreams?

Do you dream in color or t are in black and white?

 

14. Travel

If you could win a lavish, all-expenses-paid cruise trip to anywhere, what would your destination be?

Would you rather backpack across Europe with all your friends or sail to the Caribbean on a yacht with all your friends?

How long is too long to wait between vacations?

Do you think solo travel is more, less, or equally as fulfilling as partner/group travel?

Would you take a sucky job on a cruise ship or an airline if it meant you got to spend a week chilling out at each of your destinations?

 

15. Family

Do you have any siblings, and are you close with any of them?

Do you believe family is more than blood?

How big of an influence do you think your parents have had on your life?

Do you think you’ll ever want to settle down and have a conventional family of your own?

How do you like to spend time with your family?

 

16. Politics

What is your opinion on the Presidential Election?

How do you think we can improve inter-party relations? Do you think it’s possible at all?

Which media sources give you reliable news?

Do you think America is still a democratic republic, or has it outgrown the definition of that word?

How do you think we can get more women into office? Through improved education? Social media movements?

 

17. Psychology

Where do all of the forgotten moments of our lives reside? Or do they just cease to exist after we’ve forgotten them?

Do you think Freud was correct in his theories about repression and the influence childhood has on our adult lives?

Would you say nature or nurture has had a more significant role to play in the way you turned out?

Where do you think impulses derive from?

Are some of us genetically predisposed to make better decisions and be more mentally capable than others?

 

18. Hypothetical

If dragons were real, would you want one that could fly or one that could breathe fire (assuming they are incapable of doing both, which is lame, hence the hypothetical)?

Would you rather have the ability to grow or shrink your body, but not be able to do it on command either way?

If you were given the ability to transform into a dog, do you think it would be worth it to attempt to communicate with humans and establish a whole new mode of human-canine interdependence? 

If you were a transformer, what car would you want to be?

If you were a food, what food would you be?

 

19. Nature

What is your fondest memory with nature?

Have you ever been to any national parks? Do you have a favorite?

What’s your favorite flower?

Would you prefer an oceanside home or a cozy cabin in the woods?

In what way do you appreciate nature’s beauty? Through art? Recreation? Music?

 

20. Conspiracy Theories

Do you believe aliens exist?

Do you think the Russians hacked the 2016 Election?

Do you think the Moon Landing was faked?

Do you believe there might be some truth to Dan Brown’s theories surrounding Jesus and Mary Magdalene?

Do you believe secret societies control the world?

 

21. Books

Would you rather snuggle down on the couch with a juicy romance novel or an exciting murder/mystery novel?

Who is your favorite author?

What is the longest book you’ve ever read?

Who is your favorite fictional character?

What’s the saddest book you’ve ever read?

 

22. Beauty

Do you think beauty is more of an internal characteristic, or is it external?

Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever visited?

What about a song makes it beautiful?

Is beauty only in the eye of the beholder, or are some things universally beautiful?

How does appreciating beauty make us more human?

 

23. Life Challenges

What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your life?

Why do you think it is impossible to live a life free of challenges?

Do you think living in the present is more or less challenging than dwelling on the past?

What are some of the most impressive overcoming stories you have heard?

Do you think challenges make you a better or a worse person?

 

24. Dieting

What diets have you tried?

Do you think dieting is healthy or unhealthy?

What is the craziest diet you’ve ever heard?

Do you think there will ever be a miracle weight-loss solution that is good for your health and not detrimental?

For most of history, dieting to lose weight would have seemed ludicrous. Is it a victory or a failure for our society that we have progressed to the point where we have so much food that dieting is a multi-billion dollar industry?

 

25. Friendship

What quality do you think is most important to look for in a friend?

Would you consider yourself to be a good friend?

What do you think separates good friends from acquaintances?

Are most of your friends relatively similar to you, or would you say they are opposite?

Do you find making friends easy or difficult?

 

Topics For Talking With Boys

1. Video Games

What is your favorite video game?

What video game series do you think should be turned into a TV or movie series?

What video game world do you think you might be able to survive in in real life?

What is the longest period of time that you have played a video game without stopping?

Do you think video games are good for your mental health?

 

2. Education

What’s the highest degree of education you’re planning to get?

Do you enjoy school?

What is your favorite subject?

Do you think the education system needs to be reformed?

How important do you think it is to get an education?

 

3. Sports

What’s your favorite sports team?

Were you raised playing any sports?

Did you ever think you would be able to go professional?

Are you a fan of any particular athletes?

How different do you think the world would be if football were never invented?

 

4. Hobbies

What do you do in your spare time?

What kinds of talents do you think you’d be able to develop if you had the time?

Do you think men should generally take more time to evaluate their emotions and self-reflect?

Are you into fantasy sports at all?

Do you think it’s important to take time specifically to NOT be productive for the sake of your sanity?

 

5. Family

What was your relationship like with your parents?

How do you like to spend time with your family?

Do you have a favorite sibling?

What kinds of traditions does your family have?

Do you think family is more bond than blood?

 

6. Politics

Do you believe the bipartisan system works?

Why do you think the country is so divided when it comes to politics?

If you were president, what would be the first thing you’d do?

Do you think it’s possible to establish a governmental system without political parties?

Do you think voting should be compulsory?

 

7. Animals and Pets

What is your favorite animal?

If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Do you secretly hate any type of animal?

Have you ever gone hunting? If so, do you enjoy it?

What’s the first animal you want to see when you go to the zoo?

 

8. Nature

What activities do you do to appreciate nature?

How do you like to spend time outside?

If you could start a garden, what would you plant first?

Do you enjoy watching nature documentaries?

What is your fondest memory in nature?

 

9. Challenges

How have the challenges you’ve faced shaped who you are?

Do you think a life full of challenges makes you a better or worse person?

What sorts of challenges make you stronger, and which make you weaker?

Do you think challenging yourself is vital to self-development?

What was the most challenging thing about your childhood?

 

10. Environment

What things do you do to help the environment?

How do you think public policy needs to change?

What is your opinion on deforestation?

How can we realistically decrease our CO2 emissions?

Do you think governments should prioritize environmental policies?

 

11. Career

What is your dream career?

How long do you think it will take you to reach your career goals in life?

What kinds of skills do you think you will have to develop to reach your career goals?

Would you say that your career fits your character?

How big of a risk are you willing to take on shooting for your dream?

 

12. Friendship

What makes a solid friend?

Do you think you’re more like your best friend or more the opposite of them?

How many people would you consider friends versus acquaintances?

Do you think it’s better to make easy friends that you can say goodbye to easily or try to maintain a longtime friendship that is difficult but may or may not be worth it?

Do you think a good friend is obligated to certain things, or are you pretty chill when it comes to requirements?

 

13. Music

What’s your favorite style of music?

Do you play any instruments?

Would you join a band if you had the chance?

What is the most embarrassing past music phase you’ve gone through?

If you could become a famous music artist, what genre of music would you like to be famous for?

 

14. Books

Do you have any favorite authors?

What is your favorite book genre?

What books do you think should never have been made into movies?

In your opinion, do comics count as literature?

What would you write a book about?

 

15. TV

What’s your favorite TV show?

If you could direct and produce a show, what would it be about?

What sort of shows do you think should not be broadcast on public television?

How has TV improved over the years? How has it gotten worse?

Would you rather watch some cringey reality TV or a boring documentary?

 

16. Movies

What’s your favorite movie/movie series?

Do you think the perfect movie exists?

If you could direct and produce a movie, what would it be about?

Do you think movies have more of an influence on society than books?

What is one movie that you secretly love but would never admit to loving?

 

17. Hypothetical

If you were a reptile, what reptile would you be?

Say the whole world was constructed of different types of cheeses, what cheese would you make your house out of?

If you lost the ability to see every color but one, what color would you choose to see?

If you were the dictator of a small country, what dictator types of things would you do?

If your bedsheets had to be made of deli meats, what meat would you want them to be made out of?

 

18. Hygiene

Do you wash your legs when you’re in the shower?

How long do you think it’s socially acceptable to go without a shower?

For you, is deodorant optional or a must-have?

Do you use hair conditioner, or do you think it’s not necessary for guys?

Do you think washing your hands before meals is necessary?

 

19. Conspiracy Theories

Do you think aliens are real?

Did Epstein kill himself?

Do you believe in the “phantom helicopters” theory about the UN?

Do you think the New Coke campaign that took place in the 1980s and 90s was legitimate?

Do you have any conspiracy theories of your own?

 

20. Psychology

What do you think it means to be self-actualized?

Why do we dream?

Where do our forgotten memories go?

How do you think intelligence is quantified?

Do you think there is such a thing as a mind-body connection?

 

21. Dreams

What has been your greatest dream since childhood?

Do you think dreams are the equivalent of our life callings, or is there such a thing as fate?

Do you dream in color or black and white?

Do you believe dreams are symbolic at all?

What about dreams freaks you out the most?

 

22. Cars

What’s your favorite model of car?

What do you think is the most ridiculous amount of money to spend on a car?

How much would you be willing to sacrifice for the car of your dreams?

Why do you think cars generally seem to be more important to guys?

What model of antique car would you most likely sell your soul for (metaphorically speaking)?

 

23. News

What do you think about (current news story)?

How closely do you follow the news?

What events often don’t get enough news coverage, in your opinion?

How do you get the majority of your news?

Do you think the press does a good job of covering all angles of the 

 

24. Future

Where do you picture yourself in ten years?

Do you have an optimistic outlook on your future, or are you one of those “I definitely will not make it past my 30s” type of people?

How long do you think it will take you to reach your lifestyle goals?

At what point did you start thinking of yourself as a fully-responsible grown adult? Do you believe that is an arbitrary term?

How drastically do you predict the world to change in the next twenty years?

 

25. Travel

Where would you go on vacation if you could go anywhere?

Do you think traveling alone or with friends is better?

If you had an unlimited budget to spend on your vacation, where would you choose to go?

What’s one place that you’ve traveled that you would recommend to anyone and everyone?

What’s the worst travel experience you’ve ever had?

 

Personal Topics

1. Psychology

Are you an optimist or a pessimist, and what are your reasons for being that way?

Are you more YOU when you’re alone or with others?

Which of your parents are you more similar to?

What is your most vivid childhood memory?

Which do you think has played the most significant role in shaping who you are–nature or nurture?

 

2. Love

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?

Do you believe opposites attract?

Do we love people despite who they are or because of who they are?

Is love the same thing as dependence?

Do you think love is more of a choice than a feeling?

 

3. Ethics and Morality

Should we have the right to end our own lives if we so choose?

Do you believe in the concept of utilitarianism–the idea that one life is worth less than five, or a child’s life is worth more than an adult’s?

Is it ethically sound to perform experiments on animals for the sake of saving human lives?

Why is it so easy for people to ignore the mass suffering in the world?

If you learned that your father was cheating on your mother (or vice versa), would you tell your mother the truth even if you knew it would ruin her life and your father promised never to cheat again?

 

4. Future

What do you think the next ten years of your life will look like?

Do you have any predictions about the future of the country/the world?

How long do you think you will live?

In the next fifty years, what technological innovation do you hope to see?

Have you ever created a dream board?

 

5. Priorities

What is the most important quality to look for in a friend?

Do you prioritize yourself over your friends? How do you find that balance?

What kinds of activities do you prioritize over others?

Do your prioritized activities fit your long-term life goals?

Do you think you procrastinate?

 

6. Personality

Are you right or left-brain dominant?

Do you take life pretty casually or very seriously?

What kinds of things annoy you?

Would you say you’re pretty open-minded, or do you feel more comfortable organizing the world into specific categories?

Do you express yourself in the way you interact with other people, or do you think the way you interact with other people is a means of masking who you feel you truly are?

 

7. Past

What past experiences have contributed significantly to who you are today?

Do you think our pasts define us?

Did your childhood place you into the world or pit you against it?

How much would you say you have changed from the person you were five years ago?

How have your beliefs changed from what your parents taught you about the world?

 

8. Preferences

Would you prefer to spend a summer afternoon relaxing at the poolside or cranking it out at the gym?

Do you prefer brutal honesty or gentle passive-aggressiveness?

Do you prefer the feeling of loving (but the other person doesn’t feel the same way) or the feeling of being loved (by someone you don’t have the same feelings for)?

Would you rather experience an endless summer (with no AC) or an eternal winter (with heating)?

Would you rather be best friends with people who are definitely cooler than you in every way and continuously feel inadequate, or be friends with people that you think you are better than in every way and consistently have to be the responsible one?

 

9. Relationships

At what point is a relationship not worth maintaining?

What constitutes a healthy relationship?

Have you ever been in love?

Do you think some relationships are more important than others?

What are you willing to sacrifice for someone you love?

 

10. Challenges

Do you think some challenges are more worthwhile than others?

What life challenges have you faced?

In what ways have the challenges you’ve faced made you a better person? In what ways have they made you a worse person?

Do you believe there is a definite way to determine whether some people’s life challenges are harder than others?

If you could go back in time, would there be any challenges that you would have handled differently?

 

11. Hobbies

 How do you spend your free time?

Do you think it’s necessary to be productive all of the time?

How do you make time to practice your hobbies?

In today’s fast-paced world, do you think it’s worth it to develop new hobbies and talents as an adult?

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

 

12. Habits

Do you have any bad habits?

Do you have any good habits?

Do you have any questionable habits?

Do you have a good method of breaking bad habits?

Are you prone to developing bad habits?

 

13. Abstract

When did time begin?

What is the goal of humanity? What are we doing all this living for?

What came first: the chicken or the egg?

Which orange came first: the fruit or the color?

If we technically learn and improve from our mistakes, why are we so afraid to make mistakes?

 

14. Hypothetical

If it was possible to sell your soul to the devil, what would be something you would sell it for?

Say you find a book that has mapped out your entire life. You begin to read it and reach the point where you are currently. Do you turn the page knowing that you won’t be able to change whatever happens to you in the future, even if you know the future?

If you could learn any one skill without trying, what skill would you pick?

If you could change one thing about how the human body has evolved, what would it be?

If you were a superhero, which of your friends would you pick as your sidekick? And what would your powers be?

 

15. Politics

What say, if any, should religious organizations have in politics?

What are your political views?

What do you think of US politicians?

What do you think is the most important political issue at the moment?

Do you think people’s political views generally change over their lifetime?

 

16. Nature

What do you enjoy doing in nature?

What do you do to appreciate nature?

Do you think it is important for everyone to have their own experiences with nature?

How did your early experiences with nature impact who you are and how you see the world today?

If everyone had wholesome experiences with nature, do you think the world would be a better place?

 

17. Beliefs and Religion

Is religion important to you?

Do you think it’s essential to have one overarching model of faith to guide your life, or is it better to be led by your gut on an individual basis?

Have you ever changed your religion?

Do you believe religion should be followed strictly or loosely?

What is your definition of God?

 

18. Conspiracy Theories

Do you think aliens exist?

What are your thoughts on the JFK assassination?

If the government was hiding the fact that birds are actually robots designed to spy on us, who do you think would be the person to figure it out first?

Do you think every conspiracy theory may have a measure of truth to it?

Do you think the theories about Area 51 are true?

 

19. Beauty

Do you think beauty is objective, or are there universal standards?

What truly makes someone beautiful?

How have standards of beauty changed over the years?

Why do you think humans find so many things beautiful, and why is beautiful the only way to describe those things?

How does the absence of beauty affect people psychologically?

 

20. Friendships

What separates your true friends from acquaintances?

Who is your oldest friend, and how did you meet them?

What quality do you value most in your friends?

What makes a friend worth keeping in your life?

Would you consider yourself to be a good friend? Why or why not?

 

21. Unique and Quirky

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

What’s the weirdest thing you do in your spare time?

Would you accept a one-way ticket to Mars?

Have you ever tried to do something that you know you’re bad at in front of a large group of people?

What’s the most random award you ever won?

 

22. Holidays

What’s your favorite holiday?

What’s the best holiday tradition your family has?

If you could get rid of any holiday, what would it be?

What holiday do you wish we could celebrate every month?

Do you consider your birthday a holiday?

 

23. Science

Do you find science fascinating or confusing?

Do you think there will always be more to discover about the universe, or do you believe it is finite?

If you were a scientific genius, what field of science would you be a genius in?

What field of science both amazes and scares you?

Do you think science and technology are the same?

 

24. City or Town

What’s your favorite place in (insert town or city name here)?

What’s one thing about this city that drives you insane?

Do you think this city is more of what outsiders make of it or more of what the natives think of it?

Is a city its people, or are people the place they come from?

Would you like to settle down and live the rest of your life in one place? If so, where?

 

25. Funny

If you were a vegetable, what type of vegetable would you be?

What is the worst advice that you ever listened to?

If you had an imaginary friend, what would their name be?

If you were in a circus, what would your job be?

What are some things you should definitely NOT talk about on a first date?