But the trend seems to be that I will let a few days go by, then drop a text or email thanking him for the date - I won't suggest another date myself, as I have been told that is too forward for British men - only to be told "I didn't feel that spark" or something similar. I'm not a supermodel, but I'm also fairly attractive.
I am 5'3" tall with long dark hair and a size 12 - just as pretty and about the same size as most women walking around London. That is the only thing that is starting to make sense, which is of course not helping with the confidence issues developing from all of these first-date only experiences.
I completely disagree with the idea that suggesting a second date would seem 'too forward' I suspect it may often be the only way to get anywhere.
The absence of a 'spark' that you mentioned could be because they interpret your behaviour as cool or uptight (how's that for reversing stereotypes? Also, because 'dating' is not part of British culture, a lot of men view dates as a one-off interview and if by the end of it they don't think they will fall in love you, or sleep with you they don't see any point in asking you out again.
It is also possible that you may come across as a little bit 'hard work' or 'high maintenance' and British men certainly don't like that.
This could be purely because you have certain justified expectations of how a man ought to behave on a date but even simple things, like booking a table, arranging a place to meet can seem to them like hard work.
I'm complimented regularly on my fashion sense and dress well, sexy but not revealing. I am hoping that Parship will be different, given the Personality Profile Test and it's matching capabilities.
Thus far I have had 2 "First Date Wonder" experiences with Parship and tonight I have a date scheduled that I am rather hopeful about... Any advice that you could offer would be much appreciated.
It could also be that while you are excellent company when you are with your friends, when you are on a date you are nervous and behave quite differently.
This is obviously true for everyone but it may be more true for you, especially if you feel that you are being unsuccessful. Any chance that the men you date have an inflated opinion of themselves?
All this means that British men don't really know what they're supposed to do with dates and may not even consider themselves to be on a date.