It's easy to picture beautiful French couples effortlessly falling in love over a cigarette and a glass of red wine on a bistro terrace, the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the background.But are the French really so traditionally romantic, or are they in fact bucking tradition in favor of modern romance, aka the internet or smartphone Apps?Most people in the survey said online dating gets them “occasional dates” or flings, but not serious relationships.This lines up with how the French view dating websites.In 2006, when only 42% of households in the country had internet access, already 10% of French people were on such websites.Over the next seven years, this number rose to 14% among 26-65 year olds.Perhaps that's why it's a bit of a running joke in France to have a Tinder profile saying something like: “We'll tell people we met at a museum.” More diversity but also more exclusivity As dating websites become more and more popular in France, they're evolving, becoming more socially diverse but also more targeted.Whereas in 2006 French online daters were mainly urban (Parisian) high-level professionals, users have become more diverse in the past ten years.
According to a 2014 poll, one in three French adults is on a dating site.
If there's any nationality that you think wouldn't need much help in the dating department, it's the French.
That's because when we think of the most romantic people in the world, we almost certainly think of the French.
“These days dating in France is much more complicated than in other countries because there's a lot of pride and fear that make it so the French don't meet people easily,” Mariotti told the Local.
“It's not an easy thing to approach a Parisian in the street, in a café, or in line at the cinema, because the French are always afraid to start a conversation.