With the rise in technology and shifts in society’s norms, the dating scene is so different from what it was fifty, or even just ten, years ago.It’s hard to say whether this shift is good or bad, it’s really just…different.It comes as no surprise to say that dating culture has changed a lot over the years.If we were to sit down with our grandma and have a chat about how she met her partner, it would probably sound a lot different than what we experience as millennial women. What happened to telling someone that we like them? Girls often ask out boys and pay for the date, too. Most teens go out in large groups and don't pair off until they are 18 or 19 years old in Australia.It’s not uncommon for parents and grandparents to set their children up on blind dates with suitable matches they’ve found.
The basics are the same—people are people everywhere—but there are still a few differences regarding culture and social cues to note.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”.For a lot of Chinese people, serious dating starts after they’ve finished school.More so than Westerners, many Chinese view dating as a pragmatic affair.I’m not to judge that one is better than the other, and mind you, my observations are based on my own experiences as well as a group of women I’ve interviewed in the last two years.