Originally Posted by Emm
I read it more as US-style dating is where you go out with someone you don't know very well to see if there's any compatibility, whereas European-style is where you start seeing someone you already know quite well as a friend. The second style is what you commonly see here in Australia; I don't know how common it is in Europe.
Hmmm, maybe you can date within your social circle at 17 but 27,37 or 47? Not so much, no people in Europe either meet people at work, out socialising or on the net, besides even if your partner is your cousin Frankie's best friend, they would have been your stranger at one time.
Also, very often groups tend to be either homosocial or couple focused, where are these friends we date supposed to come from?
Like I said...weird ideas of Europe.