Anglo-American couple Englishman Ben and American Becca Elman noticed that at their wedding, they weren’t the only ones hooking up: Seven of Ben’s mates got together with Becca’s female friends. Their dating website DateBritishGuys.com came about after one of his blokes asked the couple to introduce him to more American women. “I remember being 19 in England with a pack of guys just awkwardly standing together drinking beer and waiting for something to happen,” Elman said.
The directness with which some American women approach relationships can be refreshing, as well as ego-boosting: “American women will probably pay men a lot more attention than English women, so for English guys, it’s great. They are delighted to be paid attention to,” Smith said.
As for American men and English women, though, perhaps they subscribe to contrasting courting rituals. Smith’s data on the flirting behaviors of American men reveals why some may not find success while hitting on an English woman in a bar.
Last April, husband and wife team Ben and Becca Elman, launched DateBritishGuys.com, an online dating community that aims to pair British men with American women. Inspired by their own romance (Connecticut-born Becca met Ben while studying abroad in London six years ago and the rest, as they say, is history), DateBritishGuys.com now has more than 10,000 members trying to find love—or at least fun times. Ben and Becca recently spoke to NewsFeed about their website and America's obsession with Will, Kate and the whole royal affair.
Judging from the scores of New York women who turned up last Saturday at an East Village pub called Central Bar to watch the United States play England in the World Cup tournament , the reputation of British men remains unsullied.
The match doubled as the inaugural party of the dating Web site DateBritishGuys.com, which introduces American women to British men. Throughout the raucous pregame warm-up, women in T-shirts that read “BRITISH MEN WANTED” jockeyed for position — their eyes peeled for an English dreamboat — amid an unruly throng of soccer fans.
“Who doesn’t like a British guy?” asked Meghan O’Malley, 29. “They travel a lot more, they know a lot more, and the accent is amazing.” Ms. O’Malley, who works in fashion, had spotted an ad for the site the week before. “My entire office knew about it,” she said. “The girls think it’s funny.” Quickly, she added, “It’s not that we don’t like Americans!” As she spoke, a rousing chant of “U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.” shook the room.