More than 91 million people use dating websites all over the world, and with more options to choose from all the time, suddenly the little paddling pool in which we used to fish, seems to be starting to resemble more of a lake.Tinder, Bumble, Happn, Grindr, OKCupid, Plenty of Fish – I could keep going.Is it really any wonder that success rates are so much lower when we’ve got almost only a third of the choice that Argentines have?
So from the initial pairing online, right up to the end of the first date, I’ve highlighted my five main observations as a result of using dating apps on either side of the Atlantic.
Arriving on the date, after a long day in the office, hoping to have a drinks and some relaxed conversation, I was a little surprised when having barely had the chance to order my beer, Martín’s very first question was; “So what do you think of the culture here in Argentina?
” I was also asked my political views in the UK, as well as what I thought of the current political situation in Argentina.
In England, it’s sort of an unwritten rule to avoid any direct, controversial conversation, especially politics, until you are much closer with someone – I guess the Argentines don’t mind if the first date gets a little heated.
There are, of course, the obvious differences right from the outset, that moment when you catch eyes with someone, and you both know that you want the other person to make a move.
Argentine men definitely don’t struggle with the same affliction that many men back home do, this terrible problem of being so awkwardly British that they can barely muster up the courage to walk up to a girl in a bar, let alone ask her out for a drink having just met her.
days, if a man wanted to meet his future wife, he would simply host a ball, and invite all of the prettiest girls in the land.
I’ll admit, things have changed a *little* bit since then, but this obsession with constantly searching for the ‘right’ partner is still very prominent.
If I’m being totally honest, up until now, British boys haven’t exactly set the bar high as far as being whisked off my feet is concerned.