Austria has a high rate of smokers, especially among younger women, and only two in five smokers have tried to quit the habit. If you suspect he/she is being unfaithful, then he/she probably is. Even Emperor Franz Joseph I, a Catholic workaholic, was a notorious cheater. Why not check out the camp and alternative Anti Valentine’s Ball at Vienna’s WUK. Even if you don’t have tickets to a Viennese ball, get into ballroom dancing during a private waltz dance lesson in a Viennese palace. Austrians aren’t shy about sex, despite it being a Catholic country.Plus, there still isn’t a general smoking ban in restaurants and cafes. If all else fails, and you’re feeling lonely, check out Tinder. This year’s ball is inspired by John Waters’ last film A Dirty Shame. Brothels are legal here (but tightly regulated), and sex shops aren’t hidden in dark alleyways but tend to be clearly visible on shopping streets. You might not realize it, but anyone who’s used the popular dating app is assigned an internal rating: a score calculated by the company that ranks the most (and least) desirable people swiping on the service.The scores are not available to the public, but Tinder recently granted me access to my own—and I’ve regretted learning it ever since.
But it’s more of a “generic” beat on what Tinder’s community finds desirable.How many people who you swipe right on, swipe right too? Do you include education and career information in your profile? Jonathan Badeen, Tinder’s VP of product, compares it to the video game .“I used to play a long time ago, and whenever you play somebody with a really high score, you end up gaining more points than if you played someone with a lower score,” he says.It’s usual that the guy will pay for romantic dinners and drinks, especially on Valentine’s Day. This is where it can be handy to learn some German - Austrians often don’t want to look stupid and may be shy about speaking English - so learning a few cheesy chat-up lines like "Ich möchte dich nicht dumm anmachen, aber ich hätte nichts dagegen, wenn du es tust" could be a game changer. Some of our readers tell us that despite that initial shyness Austrians are more willing than some more conservative cultures to move on from the kissing and the cuddling and into the bedroom. Austrians are famed for their sweet tooth and fabulous cakes and pastries. Read up on some of the Austrian literary greats to impress your date.Sex on a first or second date will not be held against you, but that said, don’t get your hopes up. A fail-safe option for a gift on Valentine’s day or any special occasion. Treat your sweetheart to Imperial cakes in the palatial yet intimate atmosphere of Gerstner’s Salon Privé. We suggest Stefan Zweig or Arthur Schnitzler - the latter’s books are famous for their erotic references, and Stanley Kubrick’s movie Eyes Wide Shut is based on Schnitzler's Traumnovelle. Sadly, some Austrian men can be a bit “unreconstructed” and haven’t quite caught up with the notion of feminism.If you find they’re expecting three hot meals a day and aren’t helping out with the household chores, it might be time to educate them - or move on. Austrians are very comfortable with nudity, as you’ll notice in the summer months if you stumble into an FKK (nude swimming) zone. So why not get naked, hot, and steamy with a bunch of strangers in an Austrian sauna. If your marriage or relationship needs spicing up you could consider a date at Vienna’s famous charge-by-the-hour hotel.It will give you the illusion that you’re doing something naughty and forbidden, as if you’re having an affair. Take yourself and your love off to a thermal bath and treat yourself to a facial or massage. The Therme Wien has a range of Valentine’s day packages on offer. Learn the fine art of how to chatter in German, and you may end up charming the pants off your Austrian date with your adorable foreign accent. Take your sweetheart on a ride on Vienna’s famous Giant Ferris Wheel or even better - rent a cabin for a candlelight dinner. Be prepared for the fact that your Austrian date might smoke. Sick of the rampant commercialisation and schmaltz of February 14th?It’s not uncommon for technology companies to give its users ratings these days, and for good reason.In the gig economy, both customers and service providers now score each other with review systems that help platforms like Airbnb, Task Rabbit, and Lyft weed out bad actors.Referred to inside the company as an “Elo score,” a term the chess world uses to rank player skill levels, Tinder’s rating system helps it parse its user base in order to facilitate better matches.Using the system, Tinder could, say, surface more potential dates based on score compatibility.