I am in my first month of membership with Parship, but I have tried several other online dating sites previously.I am 30 years old, well-educated, well spoken, and I am told by both male and female friends that I am good company."I remember being 19 in England with a pack of guys just awkwardly standing together drinking beer and waiting for something to happen," Elman said.The directness with which some American women approach relationships can be refreshing, as well as ego-boosting: "American women will probably pay men a lot more attention than English women, so for English guys, it's great.As would Emma Stone (who is dating Brit Andrew Garfield).Or how about Jennifer Lawrence (and her Englishman Nicholas Hoult)?It's certainly true for me and other American women who live by Jane Austen's canon and never miss an episode of Downton Abbey: We're primed to put English men on a pedestal.
Related: Jennifer, 29, an American married to a Londoner, thinks a lot of the initial attraction to Englishmen boils down to the persuasive power of romantic comedies starring Hugh Grant and the irresistible, charming English human weapon known as Jude Law."It's definitely those English romances that make British guys seem so attractive, funny, witty, and proper," she said.That's not to say that the fairy tale always ends so well. 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. "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. He was English, witty, slightly bumbling, and had a crooked smile. He was also part of an emerging pattern: He wasn't the first British guy I'd romantically clicked with. When I first moved to Beijing right after graduating from Brown, I never intended to fall for so many English guys.