Dating can be different all around the world
Fed up with your local dating scene? If so, you're almost certainly not alone.
Dating-related fatigue and frustration are common among single-but-trying-to-mingle people. And with certain aggravating dating trends becoming increasingly common — like "benching" and "stashing" — it's not hard to imagine why. If that's the case for you, you may want to take some dating tips from other countries. Maybe, you'll find that the laid-back dating style of people in Sweden or the structured dating rules of Japan jives more with your expectations. Obviously, there is no way to accurately describe the experiences of every single person who has ever been on a date in any country, so these are all generalizations. All the same, they can help paint a picture of the overall idea of what you might expect should you go on a date during your next global adventure. Here's what dating is like (for the most part) different countries around the world. Dating in the United States is usually casual.
Many Americans meet their significant others through their friends.
People in America tend to meet potential romantic partners by one of three ways — at a bar, through friends, or from an app, according to a Reddit thread on the subject.
First dates are often casual (meeting at a bar or coffee shop are some of the most popular options) and get more formal, adding dinner and events into the mix, as time goes on.
Dating is also often low-commitment in the states — it's more common, especially in one's early 20s, to be dating just for fun than it is to be dating with the intention to get married ASAP.
In China, dating schools for men are a rising trend.
A gender imbalance in China has given women more power in the dating world.
China has a hefty gender imbalance — in 2016, there were 33.6 million more men than women in the country — which, unsurprisingly, takes a toll on men who seek out heterosexual relationships.
Because of this, "dating schools" for men who have never been in a romantic relationship have begun to crop up in China, according to the New York Times. Speed dating events for single men and women in their late 20s and early 30s (who are generally thought of as being "leftovers" in Chinese culture) have also become common.
But not everyone needs such practices. According to Quora forum, if a person is single and has a "good job," older people in your life will set you up on blind dates.
Dates in the UK will probably be at a pub.
Dating in the UK isn't all that different from dating in the United States.
Dating in the UK is fairly similar to dating in the US — with a few major differences. In general, Brits rely more on alcohol to get through dates, have more relaxed and low-key dates, and have fewer qualms about sleeping with someone early on into the relationship, as INSIDER previously reported. Personally, I like to stick to a simple coffee on the first date, keep it simple and doesn't take too long.
People in France don't technically have a word for dating.
Dating in France is more laid-back than many other countries. Dating in France is, perhaps unsurprisingly, much more laid-back than it is in many other countries. It is so laid-back that, as INSIDER previously reported, the French don't even have a word for "date" — instead, they prefer to say something like "I'm seeing someone." French people also manage to avoid the dreaded talk in which a couple has to "define" the relationship — AKA decide if they are exclusive. For the French, the mere act of going on dates (or, rather, "seeing someone") generally means that you're committed to someone.
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