Furthermore, French teenagers keep their relationships very private.The boyfriend/girlfriend gets introduced to the family only if the couple has been dating for a few months, and we usually don’t talk about our love life with our parents.Americans only say “I love you” after months of dating.

When you kiss at a party, things are a little bit different: You might need to talk about what happened the night before and decide if you want to be an item or not.

But, once again, if the relationship is going to happen, it’s going to be exclusive.

My first reaction was to laugh at him because it seemed so absurd that someone (let alone a cashier my age with whom I had only spoken three words) was asking me on a date.

You will never, in France, find a guy you don’t know show any romantic interest in you if you have not been introduced by a mutual friend.

After making their own lives very complicated, if a European actually manages to attain a relationship, you often will not even know how to spot it.

When the members of the couple are out and about, they will probably not mention their partner very often or obsess about them (of course, there are always exceptions) and will not be super-touchy and obvious in public when they are together.

Well, we usually go out in groups and meet within this social group. If you are already friends with the guy, you just spend more time together, get a coffee after school or share a meal at your apartment, and flirt a little bit.

If you just met at a party, well, you kiss, and things evolve naturally.

A friend of mine, a fellow European, summarized how relationships on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean work in a comical, but also pretty accurate way: “In America, the girl is Barbie and the guy is Ken.

In Europe both are both.” So how does this actually apply to the way relationships differ from each other in two continents whose inhabitants once belonged to the same culture?

Of course this is obviously not true for every single American, but it is the view that is generally conveyed to the outside.