Still, when I met my first girlfriend in 2007, a ballerina who had recently moved from San Francisco, I was immediately taken aback by an overarching obsession with status and money.She had a vision of the man she was going to marry: tall, dark, handsome, and a millionaire.
“I thought it was a bit creepy at first, and I never would have used dating sites back home,” she says. Abigail Claire, 26, who moved to Manhattan nearly five years ago, is a U. “There’s a guy who I dated for five or six months and I just moved to his neighborhood,” says Abigail.“If I bumped into him on the street I’d say, ‘Let’s go for coffee.’ If I bumped into one of my ex-boyfriends in Britain, I don’t think I’d be as forthcoming.” But be warned single ladies in NYC: not everyone you’ll meet online is friend-worthy, let alone bed-worthy.As a young, single British guy crossing the Atlantic for a career in the United States, I was extremely curious about the dating life that was in store.After all, I'd watched my fellow countrymen in film and literature charm the hell out of beautiful American women.Most of my adolescent memories involve sitting in the park with my pals, getting shit-faced on a sharing-size bottle of White Ace.
While typing that sentence literally makes me gag now, it proves that we British girls have a pretty high tolerance for alcohol. But things have changed a bit since Carrie and Samantha were NYC’s queen bees.Mind The Gap caught up with two single British women who know their way around the modern New York dating scene, where most of the groundwork is now done online.The American men I've dated were (coincidentally) all from DC.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.