It's also the perfect way to gauge whether her level of passion is compatible with yours, Jones says. Each of these explanations reveals something about her character.
"This is a great query because a dream job merges meaning, passion, and lifestyle," Jones explains. If things get a bit awkward or serious, divert to a more carefree topic.
Everyone loves to laugh, and talking about the things that make you both fall into a fit—cheesy pickup lines, dad jokes, a particular You Tube flick—gets the conversation flowing... Lots of laughter on a first date is a great sign, Jones says.
If the person mentions a class they're taking or a huge presentation at work that week, text them to ask how it went. It works really well when there's a lull in conversation that needs a little boost.
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.
Of course, life has a cute, charming way of making things unnecessarily complicated, so there are about one million different stages you can undergo within the “hooking up” and “dating” stages.
But overall, odds are you're doing something that falls under one of the two umbrellas.
Monica O'Neal, licensed clinical psychologist and relationship expert, tells Buzz Feed Life.