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There’s a somewhat famous New York Times story from 2015, “The 36 Questions That Lead to Love,” which suggests that “mutual vulnerability fosters closeness.” How well this actually works, we can’t say—but it makes emotional sense. So we figured if you’re into technology, and your date is too, these questions might help spark a geek love story.

Why now? Sept. 22 is National Singles Day, of course, so get ready! If you’re looking for a date, here are the best dating apps to check out. And here are 36 questions you need to ask a techie on a date, grouped into three sets (each one gets more intense as you go).


Set I

  1. PC or Mac?

  2. iOS or Android?

  3. Who would win in a fight: Gates, Musk, Cook, Bezos, or that kid at Facebook?

  4. Do you set time apart to be screen-free?

  5. What’s the biggest tech “what-if” that keeps you up at night?

  6. Would you rather read a book, code, or Netflix and chill? (There’s no wrong answer to this one.)

  7. As a kid, did you ever think you would be in the role you are now?

  8. What aspect of tech most excites you?

  9. What’s your social media addiction: Twitter, TikTok, Insta, or Facebook? (If the answer’s Facebook, get up and leave.)

  10. How do you feel about losing the headphone jack on modern phones?

  11. What’s the best tech-related joke you’ve ever heard?

  12. What’s the most you’ve spent on a single piece of tech? ($2K on a Samsung Fold? Get up and leave.)


Set II

  1. Would you ever help my grandmother fix her PC? (If the answer’s no, get up and leave.)

  2. Which tech giant would you most like to work for?

  3. Have you ever solved a really tricky problem? What was it?

  4. Which tech giant do you want to dismantle?

  5. What’s the best piece of technology you’ve ever bought?

  6. Top five apps on your phone, GO. (After they answer, try to verify.)

  7. What’s your favorite dating app?

  8. Who is your biggest tech inspiration?

  9. What’s your favorite programming language? 

  10. Gamers: PS, Xbox, PC, or mobile?

  11. What’s a tech-related dream you’ve had?

  12. If you could live anywhere in the galaxy, where would you choose?


Set III

  1. How’d you get into tech?

  2. What keeps you going?

  3. What’s the first thing you ever worked on?

  4. What would you change about the tech field?

  5. What’s the coolest thing you’ve helped build?

  6. How do you go about tackling difficult problems?

  7. What’s a futuristic tech that might never ever exist that you really want to see?

  8. If you could conduct research any aspect of tech, what would you choose?

  9. What’s the one skill you think is most important for someone in tech to master?

  10. If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?

  11. If you could ensure one thing about your future, what would it be?

  12. Do you think Facebook has destroyed democracy?

Eric Griffith helped amp up the geek factor for this story.

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