Dating in Other Parts of the World Can Get Weird
By Lauren Steussy and Christian Gollayan
…Love is a universal thing. Dating, not so much.
Going out, hookups and relationships in countries and cities around the world are not exactly the same as what singles experience in New York City. Expats and global travelers say it’s typically harder to date here than anywhere else, given the ultracompetitive environment.
“In NYC there’s a bigger focus on pedigree,” says Aussie Adam Lewkovitz, who moved to New York City from Sydney in 2009. “They try to qualify you and what do you do. In Sydney, there’s more focus on lifestyle, and work is a means to support what you want to do.”
Betsy Cox, a divorce concierge on the Upper East Side, splits her time between New York City and London, where she lived for four years and met the man who proposed to her. There, she says, men are far more age-appropriate.
“Depending on your age, if you’re single and young, you’re definitely going to meet guys of your age group in New York City,” says Cox, 50. But especially for women of a certain age, men “are looking for someone much younger.”
“In London, age and stage are important,” she says, adding that men there want women who are in the same phase of their lives as they are.