America dating customs
In small towns, teens meet in the streets downtown or gather around a fountain. Teens are separated until they are of marrying age, then their families introduce them to each other and sometimes a courtship follows.
In Japan and Korea, most high school students don't date or go to parties, but spend their time studying instead.
Dating is done one-to-one and both girls and boys ask each other out and split the cost of the evening's entertainment.
In Russia dates take place at dances or at clubs where teens eat or chat with friends.
Here, it is not the boys who often make the first step of asking girls to go on a date with them, rather the girls take this part and they also take the responsibility of paying for the date.
The most common dating places preferred by couples are dinner parties, barbecues, or the beach. In Finland for example, groups as large as thirty teens take part in an event together, such as going to the movies.
You will never, in France, find a guy you don’t know show any romantic interest in you if you have not been introduced by a mutual friend.
When they spend time alone together, the girl and the boy don’t go out for dinner, they just go for a walk or chill at home, which is really different from the formal dating process I see in American movies. We don’t ask people out, especially if we don’t know them well. When not dancing, teens gather at local clubs to eat and talk. In Finland, as many as 30 teens may attend a movie together. Couples often go to dinner parties, barbecues, or the beach. When of age, most boys and girls date in large groups, going out together to weekend dance parties.Many Spanish teens join groups or clubs that bring people together connected by common interests, be it camping or cycling.
The dating part however is done one-to-one, both sides asking each other out and splitting the expenses associated with a particular evening.
So, whereas back home you might find yourselves pootling along, and even up the aisle, having never bothered with the am-I-the-only-person-you’re-dating? Looking out for subtle exclusivity cues, like him introducing you as “my girlfriend” or being invited to meet the parents, is no substitute.