Dating apps are also a lucrative business - as of February 2017, some of the highest-grossing social apps in the Apple App Store worldwide were dating apps. Due to varying update cycles, statistics can display more up-to-date data than referenced in the text.
In the United States, the top revenue generating i OS dating app was Match with monthly app revenues of 1.3 million U.
But as Swiss Marc* reveals, “we behave the way we do because of the numerous rejections we have received from Swiss women.” Tijmens’ top tip?
Women should make themselves more approachable by, for example, smiling and saying ‘hello’. It doesn’t pay off to label yourself an ‘expat’ Think being an expat will make you sound exotic? There are around two million expats in Switzerland from all over the world, but the Swiss are on their home turf: they have friendships they established as children, making it hard for foreigners to build relationships with them.
“I advise men to pay on a first date,” says ‘flirt coach’ Thomas Peter, who runs how-to courses in flirting in Zurich or by telephone or email.
“Later on couples usually want to split the costs – especially older couples," he says, adding that surprisingly "Among young people there is still a tendency for girls to expect their date to pay.” Blending commitment and independence is expected…
“This gives the man the green light to speak to you. Exacerbating the problem is the temporal nature of expats.
Swiss people may not be keen on making an effort when they know you are likely to move on in the near future, explains Tijmens.
“I mainly get approached by Spanish guys,” she admits, adding that she thinks Swiss men must be too arrogant or too scared to speak to women.Speaking to The Local, Trea Tijmens, owner of dating, matchmaking and date coaching service Success Match, says it takes effort to meet the Swiss – and even longer to engage in a trusting relationship.“If love doesn’t happen instantly, we are disappointed and are out of there,” the dating expert says, emphasizing that investing time pays dividends."It was veering from one side to the other because the woman was sitting on the man's lap while he was driving and doing the act, shall we say," said Tor Stein Hagen, a superintendent with Soendre Buskerund district police.After following the couple for nearly a kilometre, officers pulled the car over at a service station."We have taken away his driving licence because of the danger that he caused," Mr Hagen said.