Dating customs in different countries
In the US, fathers have become physically and emotionally absent, so I understand why many American women become upset at the notion a guy should ask her father to date her. If a date doesn’t go well, a French guy is unafraid to say he’s not interested.
In China, first impressions count and “it’s not uncommon for parents and grandparents to set their children up on blind dates with suitable matches they’ve found.” In Mexico, “you are not only dating the man/woman, but you are dating the family…” In Armenian culture, it’s important both sets of parents get along before the relationship gets serious. Yes, you do ask the father And not just for his blessing in marriage.Even in cultures where family opinion may not take precedent, friend compatibility is important. In Mexico, “one common expectation is getting the father’s approval [for dating] since he is the head of the household.” Some naysayers will say this is because societies are patriarchal, but in reality, most cultures are simply family oriented.In Australia and Europe, relationships often come out of groups of friends, which I’d assume equals #instantapproval. One of my buddies took a girl he was dating for only two weeks on a family vacation, and we’ve laughed about it ever since. But why do we generally wait so long to bring her home? The underlying reason we bring her home to meet the parents is to get their approval for possible marriage. Not only do immediate family members stay close, but distant relatives do as well.Asking her father is respectful and practical because you will be spending ample time with him. Even if the father doesn’t approve, your hands are clean, and you’ve at least done your part. S., we have very few dating traditions (the man pays, the man opens the door) and even those we are quickly getting rid of, deeming them antiquated and sexist.But in other countries, dating traditions are alive and well!
One of my buddies thought he went on a date with a Russian girl, but in her mind, it wasn’t a date.
According to her, in Russia it’s not a real date unless the guy picks a girl up, pays for dinner, and gets her home at a time that is comfortable for her.
Her expectations may be because she is successful and attractive, but it got me thinking, “What can guys learn about dating customs from other cultures? S.’s influence on other cultures, dating customs in other cultures tends to be more traditional. Perhaps it’s because there are refined dating customs we could learn from.
Here are 8 dating customs in other cultures we should follow: 1.
Family Matters In the US, our dating custom is to bring a girl home to meet the parents and friends only when the relationship becomes serious.
However, in other cultures, family approval is important from the get-go.