Good Questions to Ask Your Friends
Coffee dates and dinner dates are the new way to socialize, but you've got to have something to talk about. Two hours over mocha lattes without good conversation isn't going to get you far. Hence, it is important to know some good questions to ask your friends.
You can start with small talk, bringing up the general questions of "how has work been?", "anything new lately?", or "what are you plans for the weekend?" These questions open up the lines of communication, get the ball rolling, and provide information to further conversation.
If you're not interested in asking the traditional small talk questions, and you are hoping to learn some new and interesting things about your friends, you are going to have to be creative. Deep questions, important questions, or random questions are all great ways to start a conversation and keep it going.
Look at some of these questions below. Maybe you can use these on your friends next time there is an occasion.
- What's your favorite movie of all time? And why?
- Do you like black and white movies?
- Who is your favorite actor?
- Do you cry while watching movies?
- What is your favorite television show?
- Do you watch the news?
- What was your favorite childhood television show?
- What is your favorite book?
- What books can you recommend to me?
- Have you ever written a book?
- Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction books?
- What would you do if you had one million dollars?
- Are you a money spender or a money saver?
- What is your favorite kind of music?
- Do you have a favorite band?
- Do you have a favorite song?
- Do you like to dance?
- Do you like to sing?
- Do you play any instruments?
- What is your favorite game?
Opinion questions provide good conversation as well. You might try asking some of the following:
- What do you think about smoking in public places?
- What do you think about the price of schools and universities?
- What do you think about the legal age for voting?
- What do you think about the legal age for driving?
- What do you think about the idea of mandatory military service?
- What do you think about a teacher's salary?
- What do you think about the number of students in an average classroom?
- What do you think about helping poor people?
Thought-provoking questions give new insights into your friend and open up pathways of deeper communication.
- What is a dream you have or something you'd like to accomplish in your life?
- What is your greatest fear?
- What is something that makes you upset?
- What is something that makes you happy?
- If you knew you were going to die next week, what would you do between now and then?
- When was the last time you cried?
- What are your pet-peeves?
- What is something that hurt you?
- What is something you wish you could change?
Last but not least, random questions make for interesting conversation and good laughs.
- What would life be like if you had wings?
- What would life be like if you were taller than a tree?
- What would life be like if you could walk up walls?
- What would life be like if there was no television?
As you can see, asking your friends good questions isn't difficult. Rather, it requires some creativity and a willingness to receive interesting answers.