Findings based on over 3,000 dating singles from the United States, France, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and Canada.
Inspired by this year’s upcoming Olympic Games, Match.com conducted its own international challenge to examine how singulars from different cultures match up — or differ — in the game of love.
The results revealed some stark cultural differences between singles on topics such as who pays on a date and moving in with a partner. Some countries, despite being oceans apart, were remarkably aligned in their beliefs and attitudes on dating. For example, France and Japan’s results shattered traditional cultural stereotypes, showing that singles from both countries have surprisingly similar views on dating.
Here are some of the highlights from Match.com’s survey:
U.S. singles win the gold for going on the most dates, with 76 percent reporting they have gone on two or more dates in the last year, followed by Canada (70 percent) and the U.K. (68 percent). Australia and Japan came in last place at 47 percent, showing singles in these two countries focus on quality over quantity in dating.
Why are the U.S. and Canada winning the dating race? It could be due to an abundance of bold women, with 63 percent of Canadian women and 62 percent of U.S. women reporting that they have no problem asking a man out on a date.
Aussies are the most likely to kiss on the first date, while the French take their time: 39 percent of Australian singles are willing to kiss on the first date, while 45 percent of Brits wait until at least the second date before locking lips. A majority of French singles prefer to wait until they’re in an exclusive relationship before having their first kiss (52 percent).
Kiss and tell? The French prefer to keep post-date details private, while U.S. singles bare it all: France wins the gold for being the least likely to kiss and tell, with 35 percent of respondents not sharing details of their dates with their friends, closely followed by Japan at 30 percent. On the opposite end of the spectrum, U.S. singles were the most likely to tell their friends everything that happened on a date — with 92 percent admitting they would share at least some details with their pals.
Who pays for the date? Overall, a vast majority of women across the globe reported picking up the bill occasionally, but the responses also indicated that the number of times these single ladies were willing to foot the bill varied wildly by country:
U.K. women take the gold for splitting the check 50/50 with a majority (52 percent) reporting that they offered to pick up the check on alternating dates — far more often than women in other countries.
Most likely to pay? Japanese ladies take the gold for the highest percentage (16 percent) of women who said they pay the tab on a date all the time, with Australia, France, U.K. and U.S. ladies all lagging behind in second place at 4 percent.
Least likely to pay? French women take this spot, with 27 percent of respondents saying they would never pick up the check while on a date, followed by Australia (20 percent) and the U.S. (17 percent).
Australia wins for most public display of affection-friendly nation: Examining singles’ tolerance of PDAs, the survey showed that a majority of singles in all six countries felt that tasteful PDA (such as hand-holding) was tolerable. Aussie singles were the most open to exploring higher levels of PDA, with 22 percent of those surveyed saying the more affection, the better!
Love at first sight? Japanese singles were top believers in the phenomenon, with 82 percent affirming its existence vs. the more skeptical U.K, where a lesser 58 percent (though still a majority) of singles shared this belief.
Moving in: Japanese singles are quickest to take the plunge, while Canadians are last to give up their solo living arrangements. When asked how long they expected to date someone before moving in together, Japanese singles were the most willing to shack up with their partner after less than a year of dating (59 percent), followed by Australians (50 percent). Singles in Canada (31 percent) and the U.S. (34 percent) were the least willing to cohabitate with a partner after less than one year of dating.
Hottest singles in the world? Besides expressing loyalty to their own countries, those we surveyed agreed that Southern Europe is home to the hottest singles in the world. Japanese and Aussie respondents preferred the singles in Northern Europe.