But from my relationship with a Brazilian guy to my short time being single in Rio, there are a few things I have learned about dating in Brazil…keep in mind that some of this may be a bit generalized (obviously not everyone is this way).It is all based on my own experience and what I have heard from other people. And for independent North Americans, can even be considered clingy.This is one instance where the independent American culture clashes with the dependent Brazilian culture.
” “But you know that guys are going to hit on you, right? In the US, it is considered normal and healthy to spend time apart from one’s significant other.Americans like to go out with their friends and have “girls nights” – same goes for guys.This was a fairly novel concept to my ex – because in Brazil, it’s strange to go out without one’s significant other – the guy knows that his girlfriend will likely get hit on and cannot stand that.I have heard that if one goes out without their boyfriend or girlfriend in Brazil, it sends the message to other people that they are single.Even when they go out together, Brazilian couples tend to stay attached at the hip.
I had to remind my boyfriend to give me some space when we went out together – telling him that I would want to mingle with friends and other people, independent of him – I would remind him to “be more American” whenever we went out.In the US, this type of thing is pretty much understood, unless you want to gain the “clingy” label.But my ex found this (strange), saying that in Brazil, couples do not leave one another’s side if they are out together because if they do, it sends the message that one is single.He was worried that other guys would try to flirt with me if he wasn’t around – but I tried to explain to him: even if somebody does hit on me, I’m obviously not going to do anything!But Brazilian men do not like to watch their ladies being hit on.If another guy touched me when I was with him (Brazilians are super touchy-feely!