That's not to say that there aren't a few intercultural differences.
A 2008 survey of European singles for dating website Parship found that Germans tended to be the most experienced with serious relationships, uninterested in marriage and pessimistic about finding a new partner soon. If what you're doing isn't working, change it!
“If you're looking for love for three or four years, or you never had a relationship lasting longer than six months, then probably you're doing something – maybe not wrong, but maybe not right for you,” Hegmann says.
“You won't find love in your forties the same way you found love at 25,” he says.
“A lot of people try to stay young and be part of the crowd – this isn't going to work, and it didn't work out the first time! Everyone is looking for the same thing The Parship study showed that Germans prize honesty, loyalty, good conversation, openness and humour above all else in a partner.
“Most singles say, I'm single because I'm too shy and waiting for the other side to make the first move,” Hegmann said. They'll be grateful and honour the fact that you took a risk.” In the study, 36 percent of German men said that shyness had had a role in keeping them single – much higher than the EU average of 27 percent. Don't worry about technology stealing your love away “Dating is getting a bit different now because we are online 24/7,” Hegmann said.
“Some people think that's dangerous, I think it's a good thing – I would be really worried if we couldn't also find love online.
We asked him about the most important things to look out for for expats dipping a toe into the German dating waters. Don't get hung up on cultural differences Your experience of dating is not going to be wildly different from one country to another — especially in Europe.