German dating vs american dating
One difference that I found particularly interesting is that young, college-age people in German tend to stay in a relationship for a longer period of time as compared to what I have observed in the U. During the orientation class I took in September, our teacher told us that many young Germans will date their significant others for quite a long time, often up to four or five years, or more. who have been dating the same person for an extended period of time, I would say that I know more people whose relationships last a few months, or sometimes even just weeks, rather than several years.Our teacher also mentioned that at the University of Tuebingen, the university where I am studying, most students are involved in a long-term relationship. So I was somewhat skeptical to hear that the norm in Germany is to be in a long-term relationship lasting for multiple years.
But when you’re surrounded by American media, filled with Barbie dolls, waif skinny models and Baywatch breasts, the idea of what ‘beauty’ is becomes skewed. European men have a quiet confidence, a demeanor that doesn’t need to scream out loud to prove themselves. The dating culture involves trying out many different options at the same time.But as with everything else here in Germany, nothing is strange, better or worse, it is simply just different.Another difference I learned during my orientation class was that when a German couple first begins to date and gets to know each other, they share their first kiss after a longer period of time compared to a similar couple in the U. Apparently, this is also true for other countries, because some of the international students in my class mentioned that compared to the U.American men will rush to get you in bed as quick as possible, while European men don’t appear to have the same rush (or desperation). European men don’t ‘date’ – in the formal way that Americans are used to.The types of dates seen in movies – the formal ask, the fancy dinner and the entire dance that ensues simply doesn’t exist in the European mindset, in fact, the word “dating” isn’t even a part of their lexicon. Unlike American culture, where there’s almost a rite of passage which takes two people from “hooking up” to “seeing each other” to “dating” to “exclusive”, these labels just aren’t a focus or concern for European men. Rather, the mentality is, “I like you, I want to see you, and if it’s enjoyable, let’s keep seeing each other”.However, my teacher’s claim was later given real-life substance when the topic of couples and dating came up with my tandem partner.
My tandem partner is a girl I meet up and chat with each week, so that I can practice speaking German and she can practice her English.
On one such occasion, we were discussing relationships.
After telling her about a relationship of mine which lasted six months, she told me that she had been with both of her two previous boyfriends for six years each.
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S., in their country the first kiss tends to occur later in a relationship.