Dating british men

"It's definitely those English romances that make British guys seem so attractive, funny, witty, and proper," she said.

It's certainly true for me and other American women who live by Jane Austen's canon and never miss an episode of Downton Abbey: We're primed to put English men on a pedestal.

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Allow me to state the obvious: British guys are dreamy.

I’ve always believed that bonding over humor is one of the best ways for a couple to connect, so don’t be afraid to crack a few jokes (and we know you won’t be). To be frank (and we’ve learned that we should be), British men do in fact like that, contrary to popular belief, America isn’t as hung up on sex as you would think. Embrace every moment and go with the flow, as they say. Did you know there’s a stereotype British men have about American women — that we’re brash? Sure, some of them think we’re “too loud”, but some praise us for being “slightly aggressive.” Just keep in mind that being brash is okay — being full on rude is not. This one surprised me, but one British man I spoke to commented specifically about the smile of American women.

I’m not saying that American girls are “easy” or anything so crass or disrespectful; I’m saying that we have a certain openness about sex, be it sexual innuendo and/or jokes, which suggests that we don’t take the whole thing too seriously. “There is also the fun side, not fearing appearing stupid in the pursuit of having fun,” one British man revealed. “I think, on average, [American women] actually have a wider smile…and are ALWAYS using it — though they might just be reacting to an English accent, who knows.” I never really thought about it, but I suppose we are a smiley bunch. Having confidence on a date or while flirting can be hard, but many British men singled out our confidence as being an especially desirable quality. Her favorite pastime is eating and drinking and sleeping and then eating again.

How does a girl from Texas end up with a tendency to go after English guys? Three years and four English boyfriends later, I was left wondering the same thing.

In my defense, I'd say Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently announced her separation from Chris Martin—who, in turn, blamed the breakup on his own lack of enthusiasm for life—would probably understand the initial attraction.

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The American (who is married to an Englishman, of course) conducted a study comparing the flirting behaviors of New Yorkers and Londoners and concluded that of the four demographics (English men, English women, American women, and American men), English men are, by far, the most afraid of rejection.

This would seem like a setback for the men—but not if you happen to be courting an American woman who hears Mr. Photo: Getty Images Anglo-American couple Englishman Ben and American Becca Elman noticed that at their wedding, they weren't the only ones hooking up: Seven of Ben's mates got together with Becca's female friends.

Not to mention Gwen Stefani (and her husband, Londoner Gavin Rossdale).

In my (albeit limited) experience, it seems like American women and English men often find romance, yet American men and English women make for unlikely couples.

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