Last Friday my partner and I had the opportunity to go out to dinner for a welcome “date night.” The problem with a date night is that it is really easy to fall into talking about kids, schedules, or work. But we talk about those things plenty day to day.
I can fix that with Glitch!
It was decided that I’d come up with some dinner conversation topics. And so my brain started working:
“It should be fun and cheesy!”
“It could still open the door to deep conversation!”
“It should be an app!”
— Matt’s Brain
Friday morning, before work, I started with searching “first date questions”. I put together a pool of around 500 potential questions ranging from “What do you do for work?” to “How do you think you’ll die?”
There was one bright spot among the tawdry magazines and content farms. I found this 2015 New York Times piece “The 36 questions That Lead to Love”. It linked to this study that contained questions that start out with small talk and get increasingly intense and intimate.
My curation process was to avoid obvious downers while still allowing for some potential deep conversation, and then to mix in a few of the cliche first date questions to keep things fun. I ended up with 35 questions out of the pool of 500 or so.
Over my lunch break I wanted to put together the app. The quickest way to write and deploy a simple web app is definitely Glitch. Write the code in your browser window and it’s immediately deployed live. Glitch is really fun to use and I highly recommend it. It also enables remixing projects and making them your own. You could take my app and change the questions to match your taste!
That night I gave Cara the url (http://get-to-know-your-date.glitch.me) and we went through the questions and took turns answering them. I didn’t really learn anything new, but it was fun! Would highly recommend with your own date.
The app is embedded here if you want to try it out. Click/touch the bottom half to go forward and the top half to go back.
Enjoy! And 🎏 Remix on Glitch!