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British and American dating habits

2nd February 2006

Speaking with various British people I know has made me aware of some differences between dating culture in the US and dating culture in England.

Where to pick someone up

In America, a bar is the first choice for many young people who want to pick up members of the opposite sex. This normally includes eye contact and a smile, a bought drink, and maybe a little conversation. However, in England, pubs are a place to meet up with friends and drink.

How to ask someone out

In America, people generally ask for a date over a telephone call. In England, a text-message sent via handphone is more common. British people will sometimes spend a rather long time in order to write a witty text message. This may lead to a series of text messages. The two people are said to be texting each other.

Drinking on the first date

In America, people often (though certainly not always) try to avoid getting drunk on a first date. Getting drunk on the first date might be considered rude by the other person. In England it seems that drinking a lot on the first date is accepted and even preferred by some people.


PDAs or public displays of affection are more common in America than in many other countries. By this we generally mean french kissing (mouth-to-mouth kissing with tongue) or making out (heavy french kissing). As a joke an American might say something like “those two should get a room”. In England PDAs are even more common than in America. Snogging, as the British say, is nothing to be ashamed of in England.

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