Ah, the first date. It’s nothing if not a perfect fusion of fantasies about the future, awkward silences, and hesitant flirtations. Sometimes you ramble on about your 10th-grade horse riding championship while trying too hard to impress your date. Sometimes, you stumble over a question about your past and accidentally end up bringing up your ex. But if you're lucky, you find that you’re surprisingly comfortable with this person, meaning you’re already thinking: could this be future bae? There are endless possibilities when it comes to first date conversations — since you don’t know the person very well yet. What you talk about on a first date is pretty important, too: If you tackle the right topics, you can get a better sense of who they are, and ultimately, figure out whether you want to schedule that second date. (Admit it, you're already racking your brain for your availability next week.)
It's no secret that first dates can often be chock full of small talk. There’s a lot of ground to cover, from your careers and educations to your interests and upbringings. Ideally, the date doesn’t end up feeling a job interview, though (because TBH, it’s pretty tough to discern any chemistry when you feel like you’re being interrogated). Still, no matter where you go, what you do, or who you’re with, there are certain subjects — like loyalties to certain sports teams or music preferences — that are almost bound to come up at some point. How else are you going to figure out if you have a parter-in-crime to hit up the Rangers games this winter, or whether your date will be annoyed by your blasting underground hip-hop on long road trips? So, if you’ve been on a few first dates, these convos are sure to sound eerily familiar.