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Ireland and America are examples of two different cultures.
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Professor at Irish Bible Institute in Dublin Mimi Kelly noted many differences between our cultures when it comes to dating. One difference was the woman of family involvement. American families usually meet ificant others pretty early on and, as the relationship continues, the ificant other is even invited to family events and holidays. Her proposal is that young adults in Ireland are more independent than American young adults.
Dating in the two countries is also affected by the difference in verbal communication styles. Americans love to flirt and complement each other.
The Irish, however, prefer to slag. Slagging is what the Irish call teasing, men or slight insults. Smooth talk and sweet nothings do not come as easily.
Another difference includes the age at which people get married. In Ireland, it is much later than the United States. According to the Central Statistics Office in Ireland, the dating age for men getting american is In contrast, the United States Census Bureau found that the average age of men at their first marriage is In America, it is normal to find a middle schooler that claims to have a boyfriend or irish.
It is easy to dismiss them as childish, but I know many couples that started dating in middle school and are still together at 20 years old. In fact, one such couple got engaged earlier this month.
Kelly was astonished at how young Americans are when they get married and start having children. Middle school relationships are almost unheard of, and being engaged at 19 seems way too young. While this is not the case for every American couple, it is also not uncommon, especially at a school like Taylor. Making such a huge commitment at such a young age can seem overwhelming and risky.
We all make jokes on campus about how fast we marry and date, but I think many of us also find it uncomfortable. Dating is tricky in any country, but it is worth noting the differences between cultures.
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