Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It's funny because we are ethnocentric!

Yesterday's Mindfulness Takeaway:
Gestures and language.  Why are these important?

Today: Cultural Norms - What is expected behavior?

Levine and Wolff published an article about different ways that social scientists researched time in various cultures.  See the article called Social Time here.

 Using the article, please answer these questions:

1. How did the author conduct research about time in the U.S. and Brazil?

2. What did he find?

3. How does language shape how people perceive/experience time?

4.  What other data did researchers use to study time around the world?

Here is more research about time around how time is socially constructed.

Norms vary around the world. One example of this is the norms centered around time. How do people from different cultures think about time differently? What do they consider late or early? These are norms.  Here is a list of norms from around the world.  It is important to recognize these norms in cross-cultural communication. If we fail to acknowledge these differences we run the risk of offending someone or worse, a whole culture of people.

And this graphic explains varying norms from around the world.

 This video is set to music for comic effect, but it is funny because in America, the norm is that men do not hold hands or kiss in public. However, this is expected in many Middle Eastern cultures. In order to show solidarity The President must hold the hand of the King of Saudi Arabia.

Also for more humor on cultural differences, checkout these HSBC adds: Eels, personal space, wrong flower,


  1. This is a really good post because it actually shows how Americans view the gay culture in America. While they did try to make this video funny, it shows how serious we are actually opposed to other peoples views.

  2. here's the link for my changed blog Sal

    i added a few new sentences in the second paragraph about maturity and sociological mindfulness.
    Also, I think there was a big impact on a person and how they acted just because of what group they were placed in, in highschool. The freaks tried to break the more and the geeks tried to follow itas best as possible.

  3. We find this funny because it is not normal to us.. & something that people always ask me is do I speak "cuban" It makes me laugh because I think that's so funny! in cuba they speak spanish, but then I think that not much is known about cuba & the culture & that's when I stop laughing & explain to people that in fact they do speak spanish in Cuba.

  4. I like how you wrote this because its a great way to explain how the norms of society can affect relations between people in society