So why does this difference even exist, or is it just a slightly different packaging of basically the same feelings?
My theory is that Europeans feel a lot safer in their tiny familiar communities, little towns and social circles where everyone knows everyone, that they are a lot more afraid to commit to one person within this already-figured-out social life.
Apparently, a boyfriend or girlfriend is defined as being the most current interesting or comfortable member of the opposite sex that one can find, which also means that the relationship status is often likely to change in almost as short an amount of time that the neck needs to direct the face’s gaze into a new direction.
Of course this is obviously not true for every single American, but it is the view that is generally conveyed to the outside.
When the members of the couple are out and about, they will probably not mention their partner very often or obsess about them (of course, there are always exceptions) and will not be super-touchy and obvious in public when they are together.
On the inside, however, they will be really happy they were actually able to nail each other down after the endless confusion and unnecessary drama along the way.
In reality, though, American couples are often still getting to know each other when they are already together, and could easily end up holding their partner’s best friend’s hand in the next instant.
After making their own lives very complicated, if a European actually manages to attain a relationship, you often will not even know how to spot it.It felt almost as though each person played their role in the perfect relationship, but could easily repeat it the following week with somebody else.