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Online dating tips from a pro

The dating scene can be a scary place, especially now that we live in a digital world. Online dating is the new way to meet people and it brings its own set of rules. Ben Elman, the founder of and Love Becca, gave Marvelous Girl some great online dating tips:

1. Instant message before meeting in person. It’s a great way to get to know someone without nerves of a face-to-face meeting. You can build rapport and get out some of those pre-first date jitters.

2. Check out your crush’s Facebook page to get a better sense of who they are. Think you’re interested in someone, but aren’t 100% sure you want to take it to that next level? Ask to see their Facebook page.

3. Plan a daytime date. Break free from the traditional dinner and drinks. Dating during the day opens up the possibilities for dating activities. Take a trip to a museum. Check out an art gallery.

4. Opt for brunch over dinner. Maybe you like the idea of getting to know someone over a meal, but agree that dinner can often come with some uncomfortable strings attached.

5. Leave your Ex at home. Your date knows you’ve had relationships in the past, but they don’t want to hear about them on your first date.


5 Reasons To Date A British Guy

1. The Accent

Guilty as charged. Ben's got us on this one. For some mythical reason, American ladies turn into googly-eyed golden retrievers when in the presence of a British accent.

2. British Men Have Been Raised With Royalty, And Treat Women Like Princesses

American ladies with a taste for the finer things in life would do well dating a British guy, Ben says. You can thank the Royal Family for this. Hmm. Seems questionable, but we'll take his word for it.

3. While Fancier Than Americans, British Men Are Less Prissy

You want a man's man wrapped up in luxury? Done! Just don't focus on the teeth. Or clothes. Or scent.

4. British Men Are More Rugged

Ben thinks that all of that superfluous padding in American football is for babies. British men aren't afraid to get a little knocked up.

5. British Men Love American Women

According to Ben, in order to impress a British man, all we have to do is show up and be ourselves.


Think before you head Stateside for love, boys

Oh, the fickle ways of New World women! Just a few years ago, America's ladies had dubbed the British male a dating pariah.

Sure, there were still a few who — on hearing a “quaint” English accent — would find the pheromones flowed. But Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Heather Graham were all busy bashing our boys, unimpressed by their snaggle-toothed smiles and emotional “illiteracy”.

Their loss, I thought. Because British men are among the best of the world's Y-chromosome owners. Unslick maybe, but also unsmarmy, witty and, unlike their Continental and transatlantic rivals, not loose-lipped with false, gushing compliments.

No wonder, then, that our capricious cousins from across the Atlantic seem keen to rebuild the special relationship. A new dating website, the unimaginatively-named, lets American women to find their own bit of “100 per cent British beef”.

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