Conversation Topics for Online Dating

by Sara Hickman

Online dating is a popular way to meet people instead of traditional face-to-face interaction. The computer takes away a variety of intimidating factors and is like a wall you can stand behind while you grow more comfortable with a person before the first date. It can be hard online, just as in person, to start a conversation to get to know someone.

Basics

Start a conversation by introducing yourself. Ask the other person information about their background. It's easiest to lead a conversation when you know minimal background information. For example inquire about his career choice and where he lives. If you have vacationed where he lives, you can talk about the area, or if you live in the same neighborhood, you can discuss your favorite restaurants in the area.

Hobbies

Ask for information about what he enjoys doing in his free time. Not only does this help you gain information about the person, but it gives you more to talk about. For example perhaps you both enjoy snowboarding. You can talk about your favorite places to snowboard and why you enjoy the sport.

Pop Culture

Discuss current events and popular culture with your potential date. You can talk about movies and music you both enjoy or the latest episode of "Grey's Anatomy" or "30 Rock." Pop culture is one of the best ways to find out if you have things in common. You also can discuss things such as who you're rooting for at the Superbowl or about the snowstorm blazing across the country. These are gateways to more intellectual conversation.

Tips

There are a variety of mistakes you can make when first meeting someone, even online. It is important to stay positive and highlight your personality. People do not want to talk to those who are pessimistic and have nothing good to say. It also is important to be truthful. If you hit it off with the person, you may take it to the next level and meet in person. If the date goes well, you may become a couple and you do not want to base your relationship on lies.

About the Author

Sara Hickman owns a preschool science-based entertainment business in the Greater Cincinnati area. She has a bachelor's degree in communication and psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.