"Most British men are terrified of rejection," said Jean Smith, a cultural anthropologist living in London.
The American (who is married to an Englishman, of course) conducted a study comparing the flirting behaviors of New Yorkers and Londoners and concluded that of the four demographics (English men, English women, American women, and American men), English men are, by far, the most afraid of rejection.
That's not to say that the fairy tale always ends so well.
After all, Gwyneth and Chris were not to be—they went the way of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and (possibly) Kate Hudson and that guy from Muse.
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"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.
The directness with which some American women approach relationships can be refreshing, as well as ego-boosting: "American women will probably pay men a lot more attention than English women, so for English guys, it's great.
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But now I have someone care about me and look out for my well being as much as I do for her — this is much more than we both hoped for!
This would seem like a setback for the men—but not if you happen to be courting an American woman who hears Mr. Photo: Getty Images Anglo-American couple Englishman Ben and American Becca Elman noticed that at their wedding, they weren't the only ones hooking up: Seven of Ben's mates got together with Becca's female friends.