Pooja from India shares some insights on how dating is different in the United States than back home. Do you agree?
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY–It’s been more than a month I have been in U.S. and it has been an escapade up till now. I am from India and dating/relationships is entirely different compared to U.S.
Dating in America is very much casual and undemanding. You can just meet a person in a bar or a shopping mall and approaching someone to ask them out is easy. It is easy to go out with a stranger for a dinner and drinks. In the U.S. dating is a concept of getting to know each other. Romantic relationships in America doesn’t have to involve future plans with the opposite person, but to spend quality time. Most of the people I observed keep trying hard to score a girl for a date with random flirting. Going on a date is implicitly considered to be a lunch or dinner.
Relationships/dating has an entirely different perspective in my home country. In India, you go out on a date with a person only when you know them. Even being an acquaintance is not sufficient. Relationships are taken rather seriously than just a single date night dinner. Indians believe in long-lived relations. It’s obviously due to the vast culture difference in the two countries. But I think both countries are right on their part and perspective. Falling in love can be the best thing, so be for a day or for forever.
Georgia State University
Home Country: India