I also know that if I had to wade through hundreds of thousands of user-submitted questions like these verbatim examples: I would go fucking insane.The basic currency of the Internet is human ignorance, and, frankly, our database holds a strong cash position! If it’s an opinion that you’re after, offering your own before asking the question can save embarrassing conflicts. Though seemingly innocuous, the answer will speak volumes about your date’s outlook on life. This fun question is a good indicator of your date’s priorities, as well as a measure of their spontaneity. Adrenaline junkies will relish this question, while more thoughtful sorts might describe a moment of personal revelation. Not one for the start of the night, but essential nonetheless.
You need ice breakers, light-hearted queries, questions that provoke banter, laughter, and thought, as well as questions that dig a bit deeper and go beyond the superficial. If she hates planes, road trips, or has no desire to leave her hometown ever, that's a good indicator of her ambitions and desires (or lackthereof).
So, instead of judging each question’s first-date appropriateness subjectively, I turned to statistics.
I decided our candidates were the ones that (a) most people were comfortable discussing publicly, and (b) were mathematically likely to tell you something you couldn’t just guess.
I sliced Ok Cupid’s question pool like this: That blue rectangle is our highest-quality, least-invasive questions, and we next examined each of them for interesting correlations.
(If you’re interested in knowing more about the above graph, you can drop-down an explanation here, complete with an interactive scatter plot that took me forever to make.)Now let’s get right to the results.