Whether you are planning a future party or just want a fun and easy game you can play (remotely) with others as we self-isolate due to the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, This or That is an entertaining way to pass the time and get to know people better.
In this post, we explain what this simple word game entails and provide the 101 best This or That questions you can ask.
What Is "This or That"?
This or That is an easy-to-play word game in which you must choose between two things. These two options could be funny, mundane, or totally outrageous. Even if neither option appeals to you, you have to choose one or the other. That's the fun of it!
It's similar to the game "Would You Rather?" in which you must choose between two hypothetical scenarios.
By playing the This or That game, you can get to know anyone better, even close family members and friends. This is what makes it such a great game for people who are currently self-isolating at home due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
You can play it remotely over the phone or through video chat. You can even play it over text! In other situations, you might use the This or That game as an icebreaker at school or work.
This or That Game: Preparation and Rule Variations
No major preparation is required to play This or That. All you need is to be willing to come up with many creative "either or" questions, ideally with two options that are at least somewhat related to each other. For example, each option could be a type of drink or a type of sport.
The basic way to play This or That is to take turns asking one another questions. So, Person A asks Person B a question, which Person B answers. Then, Person B asks Person C a (different) question, which Person C answers. (And so on.)
You'll need at least two people to play, though you can have as many as you want. Usually, play continues until you feel like stopping or until you can't think of any more This or That questions to ask (or, alternatively, until you run out of preprepared This or That questions).
Other variations on This or That game play include the following:
- Give each person five seconds, and if they don't answer within that time frame, they're out!
- Ask each person a series of questions (usually three to five) instead of just one
- Put people into teams; they must choose one option to agree on within 10 seconds
- Try to predict which option the person will choose and earn a point if you're right
As you can see, there are tons of ways you can play This or That. Just try out the method you think will be the most fun!
101 This or That Questions, Divided by Category
Below, we give you a huge variety of This or That questions you can use in your own game of This or That. We've divided these 101 questions into six categories:
- Food and Drink
- Sports, Activities, and Hobbies
- Style and Fashion
- Home and Family
- Travel and Entertainment
Feel free to put your own twist on these funny This or That questions for kids (and adults)!
Food and Drink
- Coke or Pepsi?
- Rice or bread?
- Sweet or savory?
- Fruits or vegetables?
- Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
- Bacon or sausage?
- Eggs scrambled or eggs sunny side up?
- Pancakes or waffles?
- Coffee or tea?
- M&Ms or Skittles?
- Hamburgers or hot dogs?
- Mashed potatoes or baked potatoes?
- Smoothies or milkshakes?
- Vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream?
- Soft tacos or hard tacos?
- Pizza toppings: meat or veggies?
- Dessert or no dessert?
- McDonald's or Wendy's?
- French fries or onion rings?
- Soup or salad?
Sports, Activities, and Hobbies
- Video games or board games?
- Nintendo or Sony?
- Baseball or basketball?
- Soccer or football?
- Skiing or snowboarding?
- Tennis or badminton?
- Golf or bowling?
- Running or walking?
- Drawing or painting?
- Singing or dancing?
- Reading or writing?
- TV shows or movies?
- Novels or comic books?
- Biking or hiking?
- Fishing or gardening?
- Blogging or writing in a diary?
- Sewing or knitting?
- Yoga or parkour?
- Twitter or Instagram?
- Chess or checkers?
Style and Fashion
- Long hair or short hair?
- Beard or clean shaven?
- Dress or skirt?
- Jeans or sweatpants?
- T-shirt or sweater?
- Ring or necklace?
- Ears pierced or nose pierced?
- Bangs or no bangs?
- Straight hair or curly hair?
- High heels or flats?
- Suit or tux?
- Necktie or bowtie?
- Boxers or briefs?
- Pants or shorts?
- Watch or bracelet?
Home and Family
- Cats or dogs?
- Two-story house or one-story house?
- Carpet or hardwood floors?
- Backyard or front yard?
- Rural or urban?
- Basement or attic?
- Heater or air conditioner?
- Sofa or bed?
- Microwave or oven?
- Gas stove or electric stove?
- Traditional fireplace or electric fireplace?
- Windows closed or windows open?
- Bath or shower?
- Sedan or SUV?
- Grass or trees?
- Flower garden or vegetable garden?
- House made of brick or house made of wood?
- Vacuum or mop?
- Clean the bathroom or clean the kitchen?
- Do the dishes or do the laundry?
Travel and Entertainment
- Plane or boat?
- Bus or subway?
- Canada or Mexico?
- Europe or Asia?
- Disney World or Universal Studios?
- Aquarium or zoo?
- Movie theater or arcade?
- Play or musical?
- Hotel or hostel?
- Art museum or history museum?
- New York City or Los Angeles?
- Day trip or overnight trip?
- Spontaneous trip or planned trip?
- Travel alone or travel with others?
- Bring a backpack or bring a suitcase?
- Winter or summer?
- Sleep too much or sleep too little?
- Halloween or Christmas?
- Wasps or bees?
- Cemetery or haunted house?
- Fantasy or drama?
- Ability to fly or ability to read minds?
- Go forward in time or go back in time?
- Super tall or super short?
- Three arms or three legs?
- Swimming pool or hot tub?
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Hannah received her MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. From 2013 to 2015, she taught English in Japan via the JET Program. She is passionate about education, writing, and travel.