Although I have spent the last 16 years in two long-term relationships with an American and an Italian, there have been intermittent periods of dating in two international metropolises—New York and Rome. I have also experienced the grey area of accepting dates from Europeans living in America, that provided the best of both worlds. Many stories of relocation have common threads in which people from all walks of life leave their childhood home and start anew in a big city for personal and professional goals and fulfillment. This can be true from someone who has picked up and taken off from the American Midwest or migrated from southern to central Italy. However, there are some unique, funny, cultural, and outright strange differences that really impact the experience of courtship from both sides of the Atlantic. The next time a date is offered and accepted, here are some things to consider….
Dating in America and in Europe – 5 Differences
Differences Between American & European Dating | Dating Tips
Given the size of Europe and the many different countries that exist within its borders, the dating customs from country to country vary. While in some countries the typical American idea of dating, whereby two people exclusively see each other and others know about it, does exist, it is not prevalent in all societies. A look at the top five most notable European countries shows the variance in culture. According to "France Today," French singles primarily spend time in groups as friends. It's customary in France for people to get to know each other slowly and allow romance to develop over time.
Differences Between American & European Dating
As a young, single British guy crossing the Atlantic for a career in the United States, I was extremely curious about the dating life that was in store. After all, I'd watched my fellow countrymen in film and literature charm the hell out of beautiful American women. It was the summer of when I first landed in New York as a year-old, laden with warnings about American girls: they're high maintenance, my friends told me. I tried to brush this off—preconceptions are always dangerous when entering any sort of relationship.
There are several benefits to dating people from other countries. The exciting accents. The long-term potential for dual citizenship, which may especially interest some of you right now for no reason in particular. Lucky for you, there's plenty of things foreign folks like about dating Americans, too. Hear it straight from people who've already tried it.