Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simões Once interest is shown and phone numbers are exchanged, you can start blaming Vodafone, Nós, or Meo for the amount of incoming messages received daily. Back in the day, when traditional families didn’t accept the shame of their children’s relationships, lovers decided to come up with this symbolic ring.
They don't easily accept innovation and radical changes both in the community and the family.
American men will rush to get you in bed as quick as possible, while European men don’t appear to have the same rush (or desperation). European men don’t ‘date’ – in the formal way that Americans are used to.
The types of dates seen in movies – the formal ask, the fancy dinner and the entire dance that ensues simply doesn’t exist in the European mindset, in fact, the word “dating” isn’t even a part of their lexicon. Unlike American culture, where there’s almost a rite of passage which takes two people from “hooking up” to “seeing each other” to “dating” to “exclusive”, these labels just aren’t a focus or concern for European men. Rather, the mentality is, “I like you, I want to see you, and if it’s enjoyable, let’s keep seeing each other”.
We’re still a long way from proposing, it might take a year, or two or even ten.
Right now, we’re just serious and we’re not texting anyone else.