They needed everything to be explicit” — in terms of whether or not an outing was officially a date.
Americans are thus obliged to officially ask each other out, and the first date is often for a drink and to make small talk.
I didn’t become markedly more attractive, cooler, or funnier—in fact, with the language barrier, my personality points most likely decreased.
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So I took a second to look back and consider my own experience. The second time we had even more fun and ended up making out. There was no first date, there was no going to a restaurant, there were just two people hanging out and attracted to each other.
I met this American guy in Paris, last year, random situation, friend of friend. I am not saying this kind of casual encounter is representative of the whole population, but talking with friends from here made it seem something common.
When the French venture into the American dating scene, they find it warlike, unromantic, a bit slutty, and — above all — highly regimented. — are attempts from Marie-Lyse Paquin writing for rules for the American déïte, as explained by those brave French who have attempted to cross the romantic divide.
“Their highly codified dating game doesn’t leave much space for magic,” complains . I’ve only included observations that I’ve found frequently repeated in French-language news articles and blogs (though I’ve also heard variants of these repeated by people from various parts of the world who have spent time in America), and the standard TP disclaimers apply; as with all cultural observations, they’re not universal descriptions of behavior, and they’re obviously relative to the culture making the observations.