How does a girl from Texas end up with a tendency to go after English guys? Three years and four English boyfriends later, I was left wondering the same thing.In my defense, I'd say Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently announced her separation from Chris Martin—who, in turn, blamed the breakup on his own lack of enthusiasm for life—would probably understand the initial attraction.Related: "American culture is about bigging yourself up, but if an American guy walked up to an English girl and started talking about his great job or how much money he made, the English girl would be like, 'Who is this loser? "English women want something more subtle."A mismatch in personality could also play a role.
As would Emma Stone (who is dating Brit Andrew Garfield).
Or how about Jennifer Lawrence (and her Englishman Nicholas Hoult)?
Not to mention Gwen Stefani (and her husband, Londoner Gavin Rossdale).
In my (albeit limited) experience, it seems like American women and English men often find romance, yet American men and English women make for unlikely couples.
As for American men and English women, though, perhaps they subscribe to contrasting courting rituals.
Smith's data on the flirting behaviors of American men reveals why some may not find success while hitting on an English woman in a bar.
Their dating website Date British came about after one of his blokes asked the couple to introduce him to more American women.
"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.
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.
This frequent phenomenon, paired with the romantically timid disposition of many English men, works wonders."Most British men are terrified of rejection," said Jean Smith, a cultural anthropologist living in London.
The night I met George, the epitome of a charming Englishman, I was immediately drawn to him. After a long night out wandering the city with George, he put me into a cab. It hadn't even crossed my mind, but after the aloof coolness of the hipsters who populated my alma mater, Englishmen—with their jokes and their endearing awkwardness and their humor—were a welcome change.