Family and friends are always a vital part of an Irishman’s life.
They have a great love of conversation and a genuine interest in other people; independence, education, and a good sense of humor are all hallmarks of the Irish man’s character.
We're also more willing to date outside our preferred body type. Of course, courtship rituals differ across the world, in China the women don't so much flirt as “Sajiao” ("unleash coquettishness") which signals a man should treat her like a princess if he is hoping to date her.
UK females would prefer a brief coffee date for the first meeting; whereas American women want to be “taken out to a nice dinner” for the first date. American women report eating "healthy", while women in the UK eat "whatever" they please. An international survey from discovered that UK women take the gold medal for splitting the bill 50/50, with a majority (52%) reporting that they offered to pick up the tab on alternating dates — far more often than women in other countries. Singles in Qatar tend to get introduced to a prospective partner over a very civilised tea with their parents, and whilst in the UK we usually have multiple partners before settling down, in Qatar it's also done the other way around, and no one bats an eyelid at polygamy.
It seems to me that we're a lot more down-to-earth, for a start.
UK daters want to relax at home on a Saturday night, and are more willing to meet in person right away than US daters, which suggests we trust our instincts and don't like to waste too much time with all that online back-and-forth.
However, it's made me think about the differences between us and our pals across the pond.
Whether a sign of creeping cultural imperialism or just an excuse to get bladdered on Bud Light and eat undercooked hotdogs, I'm unsure.
British men get a lot of flack for their dating habits, but I think their laid-back style makes them (perhaps unwittingly) amongst the best seducers in the world. I prefer a love story about a silly, spontaneous meeting, a burned dinner, or a few-drinks-too-many confession of love over the incessant game-playing you'll find elsewhere.
You may not be perfect, British men, but that's exactly why we like you.
And overall, I found them swaggering, careerist, and utterly terrified of commitment.
This undoubtedly says more about the type of men I go for than it does about North American blokes as a whole.