With Olympics fever in the air, maybe we can take a lesson or two from other countries when it comes to dating. Match.com recently surveyed singles in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Japan, France and Canada to see just how different, or the same, dating is in these countries. Let the (love) games begin!
Been on a date lately? First of all, the U.S. wins the "Gold Medal" in number of dates: 77 percent of U.S. singles reported that they had gone on two or more dates in the last year, followed by Canada (71 percent) and the U.K. (67 percent). Australia took the bottom spot, at 46 percent.
Girl power: Canada and the U.S. also won the top spots when it comes to women asking out men, with 63 percent of Canadian women and 62 percent of American women having made the first move.
Friends and lovers: As for the famously devil-may-care French, they are least likely to care about friends' opinions on who they're dating, with 74 percent of French singles thumbing their nose at their friends' input. Compared to that, only 47 percent of Japanese had the same mentality. We here in the U.S. seem to care a lot, though, with 70 percent of Americans reporting that their friends' opinions of their dates matters.
Splitting the bill: While other countries stuck to archaic dating rules (48 percent of Americans said the man should always pay, big shocker), more than one-third of French singles said either gender could pay, depending on the situation. And this year's Olympic hosts, the Brits, are apparently big on going Dutch: 37 percent of British singles said the first-date bill should always be split.
Kiss and tell: Oh man, did the U.S. fail miserably in the keeping-secrets department. French singles were least likely to kiss and tell, with 35 percent of respondents not sharing details of their dates with their friends. Japan wasn't far behind at 30 percent. But a whopping 92 percent of Americans admitted they would share at least some juicy details with their friends.
Hottest in the world: And lastly, we're a pretty egotistical world, eh? Most people chose their fellow countrymen as the "hottest singles in the world." Even Americans considered Americans to be the best-looking in the world, which makes me question exactly who's being surveyed, as we all know this country's obesity rate. Interestingly enough, the survey also reports: "Besides expressing loyalty to their own countries, those we surveyed agreed that Southern Europe is home to the hottest singles in the world. Japanese and Aussie respondents preferred the singles in Northern Europe." Must be those sexy Frenchmen getting everybody riled up.
See more results from the dating survey here: Match.com Dating Championship
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