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Lebanese girls are virgins while all guys have had sex with at least 5 girls still lives on until the present day. This being said, many “Westernized” Lebanese men find it easier to “diversify their investments” by looking into other markets, meaning they befriend European and North American tourists and residents in Lebanon. Away from the short-lived and unpredictable relationships, the long-term relationship is the most demanding and time-consuming one, yet it is the one that poses the highest accumulated return if handled properly. If a guy thinks he’s found The One and wants to keep her, he’ll need to assess all the internal and external risks surrounding this choice and invest heavily to keep this relationship going. He’ll be hoping for a return equal or higher to his early investment: to be loved back. You hear many so-called relationship experts give advice on both long and short-

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term relationships and how to preserve and handle them, and what one has to do to keep please a partner, but in my opinion they’re as reliable as financial companies making recommendations for the stock market. You cannot accurately predict the behavior of a stock or a bond, even if you’ve extensively studied its past performance, the risks surrounding it and computed various forecasts. A serious relationship is one that needs to be handled on a daily basis, and it requires a lot of commitment and hard work. It also encompasses several uncertainties and could crumble at any second for many plausible reasons, just like an 80 year-old well-established company could collapse within a few weeks if its stock drops drastically. Last but not least, Lebanon’s conservative society makes it even harder for guys to handle serious relationships as there are many unexpected factors that could come out of nowhere to mess

things up! Indeed, it’s not just the girl’s immediate family that you have to worry about, but factor in the grandparents, aunts, cousins, extended family, the rich uncle living in the U.S., the town Priest or Sheikh or wise man, peers at work, her boss, her best friends, the “Bossara” she visits each week, her ex-bfs and the list goes on and on. Some Lebanese take pride in how our society is a conservative one and still has values while in reality it’s asking guys to have Superman-like skills to navigate a relationship and make it endure

IT’S NOT JUST THE GIRL’S IMMEDIATE FAMILY THAT YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT, BUT FACTOR IN THE GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS, COUSINS, EXTENDED FAMILY, AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON

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