It's also fun to ask questions that compare where someone thought they would be at this age to where they actually are now.
No doubt it is, but a few moments trawling through the pages of reveals that much of that 'information' and many of the accompanying images jar horribly with pictures of children.
'Horny Fun Wanted' proclaims one typical advertiser on the gay dating site, displaying a full frontal nude picture of himself for the delectation of passing browsers.
Asking someone what their favorite things are, will give you a lot of information in a short amount of time, and it usually won't feel like you're prying (especially if you are both answering the questions). Before you launch into questions that could potentially have embarrassing answers, gauge how the other person is feeling.
Are they the type of person who's likely to be an open book with their answers and willing to laugh them off with you, or are they more guarded and probably worried about sharing too much?
Resplendent in matching outfits of cream silk, who could blame the multi-millionaire couple for showing off two of their three beautiful children, seven-year-olds Saffron and Aspen?
After all, as Barrie told the Mail this week, 'it's a site used by many of our friends as a way to share information'.
When you're first getting to know someone, a lull in the conversation can feel awkward. Just ask a few questions and get the conversation rolling again.
Whether it's your first date or your thirtieth, you can always ask questions to get to know someone better.
' 'Just looking for friends, no big deals, no tears, just loads of laughs and loads a fun!! We don't do camp guys well at all.' The Drewitt-Barlows, as they style themselves, dismiss criticism as just another example of the homophobic media over-reacting.
They prefer to ignore the fact that pictures of children on any website carrying such explicit material, heterosexual or gay, would provoke the same concern.
Some questions that will be perfect for anything from a casual date to date #455 with your boyfriend, however.