Here in the US there's a lot of pressure on "your first date," asking somebody "are you dating? Strange, as I'm not sure how else one could describe our interaction, but it seemed to be rather important that it was not called that.
No personal dating experience, but in one of Watzlawick books, he tells the following interesting story about dating: In WWII, large numbers of US soldiers came to the UK, and dated English girls/women.
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?
I guess this is partly due to cultural differences but there are a lot of variances across the continent. There is a assumed/unspoken rule than when you start to date you become exclusive.
Relationships, romantic or otherwise, are not labeled or defined as stringently as in American dating culture.
In fact, it is considered proper not to tell anyone, even your parents and closest friends, whom you are dating or interested in.
There's a good chance I'll soon be moving to Europe for a couple of years for work.
Is dating there much different than it is in North America?