I tried to brush this off—preconceptions are always dangerous when entering any sort of relationship.Still, when I met my first girlfriend in 2007, a ballerina who had recently moved from San Francisco, I was immediately taken aback by an overarching obsession with status and money.American daters confess to being more romantic, but also found that they care more about money than UK daters.Brits say they are likely to be turned off by high salaries, finding them “crude”.
However, it's made me think about the differences between us and our pals across the pond.
UK daters want to relax at home on a Saturday night, and are more willing to meet in person right away than US daters, which suggests we trust our instincts and don't like to waste too much time with all that online back-and-forth.
We're also more willing to date outside our preferred body type. Of course, courtship rituals differ across the world, in China the women don't so much flirt as “Sajiao” ("unleash coquettishness") which signals a man should treat her like a princess if he is hoping to date her.
But surely not all American girls thought British men had an endless supply of money?
They weren't all obsessed with fame and fortune, were they?