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.The night I met George, the epitome of a charming Englishman, I was immediately drawn to him. After a long night out wandering the city with George, he put me into a cab. It hadn't even crossed my mind, but after the aloof coolness of the hipsters who populated my alma mater, Englishmen—with their jokes and their endearing awkwardness and their humor—were a welcome change.Even though he wasn't stereotypically handsome, he was delightful and quick to make fun of himself—and to tease me: the typical American. Related: When I wrote my college friend Rachel about George, she wrote back: What is with you and English guys?I mean, imagine Schmidt from New Girl hitting on Lady Mary. It's just not going to work." Even in the less extreme versions, are these kind of cultural "types" just too hard to overcome? Overall, more American women study abroad than American men, with the United Kingdom being the most popular destination.
After all, Gwyneth and Chris were not to be—they went the way of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and (possibly) Kate Hudson and that guy from Muse.
Not to mention Gwen Stefani (and her husband, Londoner Gavin Rossdale).
In my (albeit limited) experience, it seems like American women and English men often find romance, yet American men and English women make for unlikely couples.
"Most British men are terrified of rejection," said Jean Smith, a cultural anthropologist living in London.
The American (who is married to an Englishman, of course) conducted a study comparing the flirting behaviors of New Yorkers and Londoners and concluded that of the four demographics (English men, English women, American women, and American men), English men are, by far, the most afraid of rejection.