Over the years, many practices have become a norm in American society but people living there are still clueless about the importance or lack of it.
America is known as the land of opportunities. When we think of the United States of America, the first thing that pops up in our mind are some iconic infrastructures like the Hollywood sign, the Statue of Liberty and the Times Square, which is always buzzing with people. Over the years, many practices have become a norm in American society, but people living there are still clueless about their importance or lack of it. So, when a Reddit user, u/Standard_Fortune, asked the community, "What's the weirdest thing about American culture?" a lot of US citizens and immigrants showed up in the comments section to talk about their experiences of living in the country. Here are 10 best answers that might sum up the whacky things that are common in America but the citizens still find them unusual.
I'd even go on to say any and all insurance is a joke. We pay huge amounts of money every month for insurance so that there will be money saved up for us in case of emergency, i.e., car accident, house fire, getting sick, etc., but then when we need it, we either get denied. Huh? Or if the insurance company decides to let us use our own money, then they'll penalize us for it by charging more from that point on and we still have to chip in a ton of money to cover the entire bill. u/patchouligirl77
Guilt is put on the consumer, not the corporations. The customer has to tip because servers don't make a livable wage. The customer has to recycle and watch their carbon footprint because the environment is deteriorating. The customer has to eat better because cows are being slaughtered. Chickens are trapped in cages and 100% of the world's problems are caused by giant corporations, not the average person. u/Burrito_Loyalist
The fact that Americans forget how freaking huge and populated America is. This means living in different areas and states can mean a completely different lifestyle, cultures, priorities, and issues, but no one wants to think about that when they can't figure out why they have different viewpoints. uMandajolene123
Fun fact: in alcohol ads, it's actually illegal to show the person consuming the alcohol. So, for ads, you usually just have a bunch of people clinking their glasses together but you never actually see them drink it. u/K1ngPCH In Ohio, it's illegal to use a depiction of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny in an alcohol advert. u/joecoin2 Disney doesn’t allow its characters to be on alcohol in its parks. Like, a soda can be in a glass with a character on it but they won’t serve a beer in a glass with a character on it. u/Jasminestl
Tipping has gotten really out of hand with the shift to digital card readers for cash registers. It's just a built-in part of the app. There was a particular range of services in situations in which a tip was socially acceptable or expected. Or it's just at every point of sale. There needs to be real public grappling with it. u/AlanMorlock
Advertisements in sports. Baseball and Football are so frustrating to watch when the sports themselves seem to be designed to shoe in as many advertisements into your head as physically possible. Last baseball game I went to, we both spent over $150 on our tickets and still endless ads blaring everywhere in the stadium. Hated it. u/notthatkindoforc1121
Being able to fight and die for your country before being allowed to purchase and drink a beer. I hate alcohol and I didn't serve but still, this is pretty silly and I think it actually contributes to alcoholism by making it taboo (and therefore cool) in your teen years. u/thechosenwunn Right! Like I can go fight across the country but I can't celebrate by buying a beer and smokes when I get back. u/SquigwardTennisballs
Tribalism. Political party affiliation has become part of many individuals' personal identities. We studied a lot about propaganda after WWI and WWII, but here we are, just pretending like two parties are enough, that one is good and the other bad. -u/Ad_Meliora_24 Glorifying politicians. Apparently, we believe their lies every time. u/_SuperCoolGuy_
I grew up in another country before coming to America and it never ceases to amaze me how big the portion sizes are. Also, everything revolves around children. I have a child and I find this incredibly weird. I don't know how to explain it well. Everything just revolves around kids all the time and they are catered to in every way, shape and form, from menus to special seating. I'm not saying it's bad, but it also isn't very good. A lot of people lose themselves when they have kids because everything centers around them all the time. u/slytherinqueen1525
Our culture is saturated with sex and the sexualization of pretty much everything, but at the same time, we haven't been able to shake a Puritanical streak that is extremely prudish and super hostile to sex. Add in the double standards on sex we hold for men vs. women, gay vs. straight, etc. It's just so exhausting. u/FabulousCallsIAnswer