Hollywood would have us believe that they are romantic, misunderstood and - even if we leave them for another man - likely to move to Tennessee and build us a house on a lake with blue shutters and await our return.
Global data from online dating site has identified some of the major contradictions.
Some are subtle, like how women in the US are half an inch taller on average, but others are more significant.
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The American men I've dated were (coincidentally) all from DC.
And overall, I found them swaggering, careerist, and utterly terrified of commitment.
UK females would prefer a brief coffee date for the first meeting; whereas American women want to be “taken out to a nice dinner” for the first date. American women report eating "healthy", while women in the UK eat "whatever" they please. An international survey from discovered that UK women take the gold medal for splitting the bill 50/50, with a majority (52%) reporting that they offered to pick up the tab on alternating dates — far more often than women in other countries. Singles in Qatar tend to get introduced to a prospective partner over a very civilised tea with their parents, and whilst in the UK we usually have multiple partners before settling down, in Qatar it's also done the other way around, and no one bats an eyelid at polygamy.
Flirting is Brazil's national sport, and diffidence is a total turn off, right from your teenage years.
So what does the UK dating scene have going for it, according to this research?