15 Difference Between British And American Guys To Date

Last updated on March 30, 2024 by Michelle Devani

It’s true that each British and American guy is different, and we can’t differentiate them based on stereotypes. But there are some difference between British and American guys which most of the time apply to the general public. It may help you to determine which man, British or American, suits you better!

While there is difference between dating in Europe and America, the following are several difference between British and American guys:


1. Outward Impression

outward impression

British guys are generally more well-groomed then their fellow Americans. They’re especially self-conscious when it comes to dressing up and can be found in nice attire more often than not. American guys are more casual and care more for comfort than appearance. They like their t-shirts, jeans and sneakers for everyday occasions. You’ll only find them in suit and tie during professional events.

2. Education

This one may not apply to every guy, but even back in the days universities in the UK had been free or low cost. So in general, British men may appear more educated than Americans. But be wary that a guy who looks smart may not always be better than one who brings himself less elegantly.

3. Communication

In general, American guys are much better at communicating. It’s a common known fact that British guys are difficult to crack open and it’s true. It’s fairly harder for British guys to open up to other people than it is for American guys.

4. Culture

We all know Britain is a land rich with culture, and it seems that this culture-laden cultivation oozes into its men’s lifestyles. They’re more likely to go out to museums and historical sites than their American brothers, who much prefer to spend time in shopping malls and cinemas.

5. Compliments And flirting

British guys are apt speakers who have a way to bend words to their wills. They know just what to say to make a woman swoon –to make them feel beautiful and loved. Meanwhile, American guys are more reserved, though still sweet. They’re less likely to shower a woman with compliments and poetic words, but are often genuine when they like something.

6. Smoking And Drinking

smoking and drinking

Let’s just say that British guys love their cigarettes, while American guys prefer their wine. You’ll find lots of guys in Britain smoking in the open and public spaces, but few actually enjoy drinking alcohol for the fun of it. On the other hand, American guys down their glasses quickly, though they’re not so interested in smoking.

7. Affection

American guys are more affectionate and are not afraid to showcase their love for you. They hold your hand in public, embrace you in photos, kiss your cheek as a see-you-later. They love to say I love you, and enjoy expressing their feelings. British guys, on the other hand, are less keen on PDA and shows their love in a different manner. 

8. Laidback Vs Formal

British guys tend to be more laidback and enjoy night-outs in a pub or coffee shop. They like hanging in their living rooms over Netflix and popcorn with their girlfriends, and it’s usually the case that their first dates aren’t a candlelight dinner. In contrary, American guys may seem a bit more formal in their form of dates and night-outs. They enjoy a nice dinner for two in fancy formal wear.

9. The Gaze

For British guys, the eyes speak the language of love and interest. They gaze at a woman until she feels it and won’t look away before she notices their attention. However, American guys usually wait for the woman to stare into them before meeting back her gaze. They’re more comfortable with gestures and words than eye contact. It's also useful to master these tips to make a man crazy about you!

10. Intimacy

While American guys are eager to be intimate with the women they like, British guys would rather take their time. They cherish organic relationship and for intimacy to come as they spend more time together with the woman, treating her with discretion and savoring every moment spent.

11. Masculinity

American men are generally more likely to label themselves as masculine. They also have the knack to feel the need to prove their manliness. In comparison, British men are not as keen to prove themselves; sometimes they know that genuine actions show more than empty ones ever can. 

More Difference Between British And American Guys:

1. British Men Are More Comfortable With Women

british men are more comfortable with women

This is probably true because British children are usually raised to mingle with the opposite sex. As a result, the guys are used to being around women, so have a greater understanding and empathy for them. Meanwhile, American boys tend to stick with boys while the girls do the same. Older guys are abruptly exposed to the opposite sex and thus have less understanding and empathy for them.

2. Different Perception Of Beauty

As society develops today, this one might not always be true. However, British media often cover varied images of women –curvy and thin, sensual women who are comfortable in their own skin. While media in America usually focuses on skinny models and skew the perception of beauty for American guys.

3. Confidence

British guys have a quiet confidence, as opposed to American guys who usually expresses this sense of confidence out loud.

4. Genuineness

There are a lot of unwritten rules in the American dating culture, like playing it cool to avoid looking desperate, acting unavailable and waiting minutes before responding to a text. These might also be signs he is not ready for a real relationship. British guys, on the other hand, are more open to honest talks about commitment and serious relationship. They are not afraid to put their hearts on their sleeves, especially if you know how to make him fall in love with you!

So, after reading about all the difference between British and American guys, have you felt that a certain nationality of man matches your personality better? Keep in mind though, that stereotypes are not always true.

There will always be chivalrous British guys and rude ones, as well as gentlemanly American guys and the disrespectful ones. It’s important not to judge a guy based on this list alone. Make the time to get to know him first!

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Michelle Devani
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