It felt almost as though each person played their role in the perfect relationship, but could easily repeat it the following week with somebody else.
This leads me to my next point, of commitment not being the serious part of the relationship.
In America, guys get to be cool players who are allowed to switch between different pretty girl-toys who will simply obey their preferences.
From my experience at an American university, I understand that dating in the U. is a lot more spontaneous and relies a lot less on checking every detail about the other person.
I could hardly find anyone who wasn’t in a relationship and who wasn’t engaged in some serious PDA all over the place, complete with holding hands, wearing matching clothes, constantly uploading a super-couple-y profile picture on Facebook and so on.
Europeans are a lot less likely to just date anyone in order to see how it goes, but will always find some minor detail to be a horrible, insurmountable flaw in the other person.
After making their own lives very complicated, if a European actually manages to attain a relationship, you often will not even know how to spot it.
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A friend of mine, a fellow European, summarized how relationships on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean work in a comical, but also pretty accurate way: “In America, the girl is Barbie and the guy is Ken.