A friend of mine, a fellow European, summarized how relationships on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean work in a comical, but also pretty accurate way: “In America, the girl is Barbie and the guy is Ken.In Europe both are both.” So how does this actually apply to the way relationships differ from each other in two continents whose inhabitants once belonged to the same culture?Speaking with various British people I know has made me aware of some differences between dating culture in the US and dating culture in England.
friends with benefits after dating - American dating culture
After making their own lives very complicated, if a European actually manages to attain a relationship, you often will not even know how to spot it.
When the members of the couple are out and about, they will probably not mention their partner very often or obsess about them (of course, there are always exceptions) and will not be super-touchy and obvious in public when they are together.
This leads me to my next point, of commitment not being the serious part of the relationship.
Apparently, a boyfriend or girlfriend is defined as being the most current interesting or comfortable member of the opposite sex that one can find, which also means that the relationship status is often likely to change in almost as short an amount of time that the neck needs to direct the face's gaze into a new direction.
British people will sometimes spend a rather long time in order to write a witty text message. Getting drunk on the first date might be considered rude by the other person.
In England it seems that drinking a lot on the first date is accepted and evenÃ‚Â preferred by some people.
On the inside, however, they will be really happy they were actually able to nail each other down after the endless confusion and unnecessary drama along the way.
So why does this difference even exist, or is it just a slightly different packaging of basically the same feelings?
PDAs PDAs or public displays of affection are more common in America than in many other countries.