Dating in the USA

Updated 2021-08-04 15:18

Dating in a foreign country can be intimidating. You may be worried about the right things to say, how to behave, where to meet people and more. Fortunately, the dating culture in the US is rather open and flexible. What's more, because of the country's multicultural nature, you are sure to meet a lot of like-minded individuals, no matter how far from home you may be.

The dating culture in the US does have its differences based on which part of the country you find yourself in. Generally, American dating culture is best described as casual and relaxed - however, some states can be more conservative.

A lot of people in the US meet in bars, clubs and via dating apps. The intent of these meetings is not necessarily serious? they can be just for fun, casual dating, friendship, etc.

Relationships are quite flexible in the US and come in many different formats. Marriage is quite often not the goal of dating and moving in together without assuming that marriage is to follow is also quite common. In a lot of cases, going on dates with different people is considered acceptable? until you have "the talk" with your potential partner and define your relationship as exclusive.

Dating in the US is rarely guided by traditional norms. It is absolutely normal for women to ask out men and restaurant bills and other expenses are often split.

Parents tend to not be involved in their children's relationships (which may be common in other cultures). Single people in the United States also tend to feel less pressure from their relatives and society about settling down and having a family.

Where to meet people

As we've mentioned above, it's very common for people in the US to meet in bars, clubs and online.

Naturally, you can also meet new people through friends, hobbies and similar interests, events and more.

Workplace romance is also quite common? but you do need to be careful and make sure that you are not breaking any company policies. Some companies may have strict workplace romance regulations in place: you may need to notify Human Resources of your relationship, transfer to another branch, or, coworker dating may not be allowed at all.

Dating apps are a very common way of getting to know people. Tinder is the number one dating app in the United States followed by Bumble. Other popular options are Match., Eharmony, OkCupid, PlentyofFish, Hinge and Grindr.

According to the most recent report by Statista, 39% of polled couples said they met online, 27% met at a bar or restaurant, 20% met through mutual friends, 11% met at work, 9% met through school or college and only 7% got introduced through family members.

LGBTQ dating scene varies depending on where you are in the US. Big cities like New York and Los Angeles will have more options for meeting prospective dates in person: gay bars and clubs, themed events and more. Smaller towns, on the other hand, may not offer, may not offer the same variety. With that, a recent study has shown that, regardless of location, online dating is the most popular way for couples to get together. The most popular dating apps geared towards the LGBTQ community are Grindr, Hornet, Jack'd, HER and Scissr.

Good to know:

Make sure to stay safe when dating online. Do not give away too much personal information at once, meet in public places, video chat or call your date before the first meeting and let others know where you are going and with whom.

Wherever you settle in the US and whatever outlook on dating you may have, keep in mind that feeling shy and insecure is absolutely normal - especially in a news setting. You don't have to rush into the dating scene or do things that make you uncomfortable. Take things at your own pace, make new friends and explore your new environment.

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