Even friendships can cause difficulties — I was, some years ago, deeply jealous of one partner’s male friends, simply because they had a bond from which I was excluded. Think Frank and Claire Underwood in the American version of House of Cards.
Think Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley, when our rom-com hero was caught with his pants down on Sunset Boulevard with Divine Brown.
When social encounters with foreigners involve romance, your cultural makeup can trip you up if you don't know what to expect.
Among actual users of those sites, 68 percent have met another user “for real,” and 83 percent of these users have had at least one sexual relationship as a result. Most of those encounters were “exclusively” sexual (56 percent) or short-lived relationships (62 percent).
That is despite the fact that most dates (75 percent) arranged through an online service are a “disappointment”: the partner does not live up to the expectation created by the “user profile” on the site.
The lovely, although not particularly aptly named, Marianne Faithfull says she lives in Paris because she wants to be able to drop in on Oscar Wilde at Cimetière du Père Lachaise, and natter at his Jacob Epstein-designed grave.
Whatever floats her bateau, but I think she’s simply gone native. French men and women do know the torturous pangs of jealousy — you only need to read Valérie Trierweiler’s recent opus to realise it.
The man-meets-woman language in France represents a major cultural difference for Americans.