I see people moving in together after just a month of dating. I’ve had discussions with Belgians my age and younger and older and it doesn’t matter.They think all the rules of dating in America is headache-inducing.We British may pride ourselves on our GSOH, but men in the US claim to care more about a sense of humour (50% of AYI users calling it "very important", versus 33% in the UK).American men also place more emphasis on intelligence.This undoubtedly says more about the type of men I go for than it does about North American blokes as a whole.
Being from New York City myself, I know the dating game in the city can be sadistic. In a smaller country like Belgium and smaller city like Ghent, it’s logically milder the dating game.
I agree of course, even if I participated in it for years.
It’s not because the term boyfriend/girlfriend is less sacred in Belgium, but because here the rhythm of life is slower and less dramatic by default. Breaking up and settling into a new relationship is like going from one end of a metal slinky to another, and letting yourself spill out into a new relationship at the end and that’s it. There are just less in proportion, and in concentration, than there are in the States.
Whether a sign of creeping cultural imperialism or just an excuse to get bladdered on Bud Light and eat undercooked hotdogs, I'm unsure.
However, it's made me think about the differences between us and our pals across the pond.