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“It’s actually a running joke by now,” he says of the people he and his friends meet on dating apps.“They turn out to be tourists who, of course, aren’t sticking around for very long.” He prefers the New York dating scene, where anything can happen: “You still feel like you’ll meet someone by chance on the subway or in a museum in New York.” Betsy Cox, a divorce concierge on the Upper East Side, splits her time between New York City and London, where she lived for four years and met the man who proposed to her. “Depending on your age, if you’re single and young, you’re definitely going to meet guys of your age group in New York City,” says Cox, 50.Although it’s hot, hot, hot on the Caribbean island, a date there may be anything but.So when Andre, a salesman, moved to New York City from Jamaica about three years ago, he quickly learned the new meaning of a “date.” “Back home, a date is just going out with someone — watching a movie, hanging out, getting food — and that’s it,” says the 32-year-old Canarsie resident, who declined to give his last name for professional reasons.
“It’s not a stigma if you wait a few dates.” Jonathan, who moved to Jakarta, Indonesia after living in the East Village in 2013, says moving to a place that was predominantly Muslim made for some challenging cultural differences in dating.
Maybe they’re hanging out with friends and not necessarily looking to meet people,” says the Boston native who has lived in NYC.
One thing remains the same for Naudin, whether dating in Paris or in America: Online dating has taken over the dating culture in a bad way.
The 32-year-old matchmaker from the Upper West Side lived in Athens for five years until 2008 and returns there often.
“You meet through friends, maybe stay [after friends leave] longer, kiss, and then next day, you ask the person out,” she says.“More often than not, people are usually set up,” says the 28-year-old medical student.