There are plenty of surprising differences between European culture and the culture of the Americans. Just consider some of the following:
THE AMERICANS VIEW OF NUDITY IS A LOT MORE RESTRICTIVE THAN THEIR EUROPEAN COUNTERPARTS.
In America, about the only time that you will see a female breast on television would be when you are watching a premium or when you happen to be downloading porn. Americans generally have a zero tolerance view for women going topless, and that would even include breastfeeding in public. Indeed, about the only time that this would appear to be acceptable would be when women are flashing their boobs during Mardi Gras.
YOU CAN EXPECT TO LIVE A FEW YEARS LONGER IF YOU RESIDE IN EUROPE.
The life expectancy for a European individual is a little over 80 years, which isn’t a bad mark at all. Part of the reason for this might be due to the fact that Europeans do not often serve XL or supersize portions on their drink or food items. No, that doesn’t mean that there is no obesity at all in Europe, but because of the smallest portions and the laid-back atmosphere, Europeans will often live longer.
THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY IN AMERICA RARELY EXCEEDS 79.3 YEARS.
Of course, the Americans still rank as low as 31st in the level of their life expectancy on a worldwide basis. This is due in part to the enormous portions of food, resulting in obesity and plenty of other health ailments that reduce our quality of life. When you couple that with the fact that cities such as New York and other active areas lead to a great deal of more stress, you can definitely see why we have a slightly lower life expectancy.
EUROPE HAS A PRETTY BAD-ASS MODE OF TRANSPORTATION, MAKING IT EASIER TO GET AROUND.
Of course, everyone in Europe knows about the trains. However, it’s not just about those trains. It’s also due to the fact that Europe has invested a great deal of their infrastructure into their network of public transportation in the form of trains that are not only useful, but also highly versatile. Indeed, they can literally reach just about anywhere.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN THE UNITED STATES VARIES FROM STATE TO STATE, BUT THERE IS LITERALLY NO ONE WHO WOULD CLAIM THAT IT IS AS GOOD AS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN EUROPE.
Many individuals who depend on public transportation here in the States find that it’s not always reliable, meaning that the bus you are waiting on may not arrive on time when you need to go to work. Not every state has a train public transportation system either. Most people rely on cars, and this leads to congested highways. On the flip-side, there is Uber, which is a ride-sharing app that is becoming popular throughout America.
WORK HOURS BETWEEN THE TWO REGIONS CAN BE QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT.
In America, there are many times where employees will work their fair share of overtime. The normal work week in the United States is 40 hours, but employees will often work 50, 60, and sometimes even 70 hours per week if they are an entrepreneur or they are moonlighting. On the other hand, Europeans usually will not reach 40 hours per week, but they spend more time with their families and are not as stressed out.
EUROPEANS OFTEN RECEIVE A BETTER VACATION PACKAGE THAN AMERICAN WORKERS.
The European labor laws guarantee that you will get at least four weeks minimum vacation per year. Moreover, the Europeans can opt to break it down throughout the year or take it all at once. In the United States, people first of all have to be lucky enough to work for a company that provides paid vacation and then they have to “build it up” throughout the year.
EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES BOTH HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS ON THE LUNCH HOUR.
In the United States, you will get a half-hour break to an hour, but half the time, you will simply not have the time to do it. Moreover, if you decide to eat at your desk, your employer might think you are slacking off. In Europe, they insist on you not only taking an hour for lunch, but they also consider lunch to be the most important meal of the day.
AMERICANS TALK ABOUT THEIR TELEVISION PROGRAMS MORE THAN EUROPEANS DO.
Americans do tend to talk about their television programming more than their European counterparts. Indeed, there are even YouTube ads here they consist of nothing more than people talking about what they watched on TV. Yes, Europeans have programs they enjoy as well, but they don’t seem to get as carried away as we Americans do.
AMERICANS TREAT SPORTS DIFFERENTLY THAN EUROPEANS.
In America, sports are a family affair, complete with plenty of foods and beverages. In Europe, sporting events are more of a guy thing. However, in both cases, there can be a lot of alcohol involved.
FOOD PORTIONS ARE MUCH LARGER IN THE STATES.
If there is one thing that Americans love to do, it would be eating. We need to have XL on practically everything.
So there you have it. These are the comparisons between the United States and Europe. I for one am proud to be an American because of all of the freedoms that we possess.