On the contrary, British girls have no shame picking kale salad out of their teeth on a date.
It just took me a while to realize that this might have nothing to do with etiquette at all, but rather, it might be because American women are more anxious than British women.
Still, when I met my first girlfriend in 2007, a ballerina who had recently moved from San Francisco, I was immediately taken aback by an overarching obsession with status and money.
She had a vision of the man she was going to marry: tall, dark, handsome, and a millionaire.
When they feel something, they will tell you -- whether it's that they like, want, or don't like or want something.
Which brings me to American girlfriend number five, who was paralyzed by her hoards of self-help books.
Over-analyzing American family dynamics is still something that remains a bit of a mystery to me.
They weren't all obsessed with fame and fortune, were they?
Was American culture really as shallow as my friends had warned? She was a down-to-earth Midwesterner with ambitions in New York City theater.
She shattered any preconceived notion I had about both actors and American women.