There's an unwritten 'ladder' for intimate relationships; they may start off with eye contact, proceed through the stages of light, occasional touching on arms or shoulders, longer hand-holding, then some steps later kissing and at the very end sex.
The steps are the same for every culture, but the order in which they occur can vary wildly.
I'm having some trouble reading my boyfriend, so any input would be great.
No hands-on experience in this department (I'm straight...), but maybe a hint: The 'escalation path' is different for both.
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As far as I know, kissing for Americans is barely more than shaking hands and comes pretty early in the ladder. I'm not sure about Irish culture tbh, but you'll know.
Is there anyone who has experience with both who could tell me how they differ in their attitudes towards dating, sex etc?
I know this will get into some generalizations but I do think culture can affect relationships.