Truth or dare can be a great deal
of fun in a dating environment. The tension between making someone
reveal something that they find personal and private (and possibly
embarrassing and shameful) or having to do something embarrassing or
shameful is delightful (when done in a playful kind spirit).
you you lost your virginity? Or show us your breasts". That's a hard
dilemma weighing up short and long term reputational risks and costs.
other side is that it is a multi round game with multiple parties. So
your questions will elicit a response as loyalties shift and reinforce
around the room.
In many ways you can see it as a multi-iterated version of the prisoners dilemma. The social dynamics can be very interesting.
It is however best played with people who you are very close to, or who you are not likely to see again.
I think that Charles Bollmann
is wrong in that social versions of the truth and dare game can be very
useful for teenagers and young adults to understand and explore social
norms, and how they deviate from them.
Simple dare games are
dangerous and quite possibly stupid - but at the same time much of what
we admire in heroes and explorers is the same kind of action
rationalised and eulogised.