One difference that I found particularly interesting is that young, college-age people in German tend to stay in a relationship for a longer period of time as compared to what I have observed in the U. During the orientation class I took in September, our teacher told us that many young Germans will date their significant others for quite a long time, often up to four or five years, or more. who have been dating the same person for an extended period of time, I would say that I know more people whose relationships last a few months, or sometimes even just weeks, rather than several years.Our teacher also mentioned that at the University of Tuebingen, the university where I am studying, most students are involved in a long-term relationship. So I was somewhat skeptical to hear that the norm in Germany is to be in a long-term relationship lasting for multiple years.It’s not that the Germans don’t talk, but they tend to stick to themselves unless they are at a party or some other social gathering where the purpose is to meet new and old friends.So if you spot a hot guy in the supermarket and want to make contact, you will most likely have to do the talking and he may even get confused as to why you are talking to him.As well as writing more than a dozen books on love and relationships, including the acclaimed “The Dream Prince Trap - covering the danger of searching for the perfect partner” - Hegmann is also a relationship counsellor for singles and couples.We asked him about the most important things to look out for for expats dipping a toe into the German dating waters. Don't get hung up on cultural differences Your experience of dating is not going to be wildly different from one country to another — especially in Europe.Love and dating are both found all over the world, but ideas about them aren’t always the same.During the past six months in Germany, I’ve learned that there are some differences between the mindset of couples and dating in the United States and the mindset in Germany.
That’s not cool.] The best part is that, below the quote, they often manage to write something in the lines of “I’m looking for a girl who doesn’t take herself too seriously”.
Even though I’d already known that relationships in Germany tend to last longer, I was still slightly shocked when she told me.
I found it odd that a couple could be together that long without eventually committing to be together for life.
Below you will find some cultural differences that may pop up when and also some general advice on how to deal with cultural differences.
In America it’s common to walk up to someone and start talking randomly, in Germany less so.