5 Weird American Habits (That We Don’t Realize Are Weird)

Every culture has their “thing.” Here in America we tend to do some very interesting and sometimes weird rituals. See if you do anything from the list below that other cultures and countries would cringe over!

1. Food Journaling

As Americans as a whole, we are all obsessed with losing weight! We take on weird fad diets; we pay a whole lot of cash for gym memberships, workout equipment, and even for personal trainers. But, the strangest thing we probably do is keep a food journal. You record if you’ve eaten five M’N’M’s; a spoon full of peanut butter, even a few sips of soda. We just love recording and reflecting upon what we eat and how often. I can’t’ think of any other country that does this!

2. Red Solo Cups
Drinking out of red solo cups seems like a traditional American habit. While it may not be the classiest of actions; everyone at some point in their life who has lived in the country has definitely sipped an alcoholic beverage out of one of these bad boys! We even have a whole country song dedicated to it!


3. Newspaper Wrapping Paper
Again, maybe not the classiest of moves (and super popular in the 80’s and 90’s); wrapping gifts (mainly for kids) in newspaper is totally acceptable and one of our most weird habits. I mean, wrapping paper is found everywhere and is certainly not expensive. I think most of us can think of a time we gave or received a gift that was wrapped in the “Funnies” section!

4. We Glorify Relationship Milestones

Most cultures celebrate their wedding anniversaries and possibly the anniversary of their engagement. But here in America, women of all ages seem to want to celebrate every little relationship milestone. From the first kiss, to the first date, and even every month that the couple is together; American’s seem to glorify every little romantic, relationship milestone!

5. We Have a Toiletry Collection
Traveling to some place new? Most people get excited about the sights, sounds, and company in tow. But, one thing that makes Americans’ hearts flutter is all the freebies they score from the hotel stay! Americans stock up on shampoos, soaps, lotions, shower caps-you name it! In fact, we stuff the pint sized samples in our bags daily just so we can get more. And more. And more! I mean, does a bar of soap and a bottle of shampoo cost that much? As a culture, we are excellent at taking toiletries!

Are you guilty of any of these five weird American habits? If so, smile (but please stop it!).

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