It certainly is the life people from foreign countries prefer. I am from a third world country and as I observe, not only with money/opportunities that America can give, the young people in my country are influenced by the trends america has shown. We are free here but what I see is that the freedom they want is more likely the freedom to do immoral acts (super sexy clothes, early sex life, cussing, etc etc) which is sad to know. I am young and yes, I like to wear this and have this and do that and i also have the 'American Dream' but it actually gives a big bad impact to cultures and 'religions'. The sad thing is, they(we) chose the wrong way. A country's identity is losing, which is very scary.
Cultures are so diverse, so arbitrary and often independent. Why wouldn't anyone want be in the USA? Where you have the freedom to choose. I was born in a town of 500 in rural Kansas. Our community is conservative, Catholic, and blue collar. If you drive ten miles north there is a city of 35,000. This difference of ten miles is a world apart. In the US you have the ability to practice whatever culture you please , belong to whatever group and community you deem fit, so long as you do not infringe
On anyone elses rights or break our laws. A place where a crime committed is seen as a crime against someone regardless of what group,ethnicity, or social standing you are in. It is true that we have our flaws just as much as others. But yet he who is without sin, cast the first stone. There are good people everywhere, The USA, Mexico, Afghanistan, Europe etc. Don't let the social medias ballooning of the bad misguide your thoughts.
People are obsessed with American cultures which have hardly any backround as America has not been around for long. America's culture of mass entertainment and social activity has lead to a unhealthy, inactive world in the future. This is my view so i could easily be wrong but is it right to ask if a view is right or wrong
My personal take is that yes, the American way of life is the best. Note that this does not mean it is perfect, but I defy you to find a people who place more value on equality, freedom of opportunity and the right to live as you wish. The freedoms and opportunity available to Americans are beyond compare.
The American way of life is spectacular in general for the fact that we have liberty and can do a lot of things that people in other countries can't. For example you can even sue the President! That just shows how much liberty we have because in other countries you well get killed! Furthermore if you have a favorable income, you can live happily.
America is far from being a perfect society. But, in my travels, I have not been to a country where people have as much freedom, prosperity and personal satisfaction. In fact, in every country, people would inevitably express a desire to immigrate to America, and ask advice on how to do that.
I agree that the American way of life is preferred over other cultures for many reasons. First, people can be who they want to be. An example is some cultures do not accept certain sub-cultures such as gay culture. Second, people immigrate here to get jobs so they can send money home. One American dollar can sometimes provide one meal per person.
I agree that most people in this world want a normal, fulfilling life. Everyone thinks that North Americans have a lot of money and live a really good life. That's likely untrue. But, the United States of America is mainly the leader and role model for a lot of countries and people around the world.
For over two centuries, people have come here to escape tyranny, persecution and stagnation. There are pockets of societies from around the globe. If you are willing to work hard, you can achieve almost anything within reason. What other nation can honestly make these claims?
Just look when all of our companies outsourced to India. The Indians working in those companies adopted the western style of life, and started partying, going to clubs, listening to music, and socializing. They began to splurge and be reckless with their newfound income. America is an idol to any young adult who wants to do what they want, because that is an ability you can exercise in America.
People in other cultures are brought down by their society and way of life. They do not live a life they, rather they live a punishment like kids in Afghanistan that are being forced to wear bombs and make bombs.
The American way of life is preferred because America's freedom and democracy provide opportunities that are not available even in other free places around the world. America's way of life has brought the opportunity for freedom, prosperity, happiness, and joy.
It seems like the rest of the world wants to copy what the people in the United States do and have. We have so many more freedoms in this country that other countries don't have, and there is a lot of envy over that. Even though some countries are supposedly anti-American, they still want the American way of life, they want the 'goodies' that we have like iPods and McDonald's everywhere.
There is so much going in the world today that people are starting to get used to the American life rather than the cultural way. Times have changed and whatever is popular is what people are going to go after.
The American way of life is preferred over all other cultures because it affords everyone the equal freedom of choices, and offers a culture that is more diverse than any other in the world. The American way of life allows a new immigrant to hold onto their old values while at the same time knowing the freedom of expression that is only allowed in the US.
The post world war 2 era has produced a world that has increasingly become westernized. Countries such as China and Japan have mirrored the American culture by adapting a lot of Western culture such as shopping, food, and transportation. Did you know that Buick is the number 1 selling car in China? Also, pop culture seems to revolve around American sports and entertainment. Cultural icons from America are prevalent all over the globe, when those famous outside of the United States are barely relevant within the states.
Often other peoples feel the American culture is wonderful because we are the richest country but our way of life holds a lot of negative things, such as greed, callousness, pollution and violence. Americans financial reward people for stepping on each other while climbing to the top, and sports figures and movie stars for nothing really beneficial. We even reward bankers for ruining our economy.
Everyone has something good and bad to say about America. But, if asked, there's no place that they would rather be. People leave their countries to come to America - talking trash about America and its inhabitants all the way. But, they don't turn around and leave to go back to where they were born. Americans complain about their homeland, but don't dare give it up for another. People are out for what they can get. And, there's no other place in the world that has more, and is giving more away for free, than America.
Although no where is perfect, I believe that the American system is the best that we have. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights gives us many freedoms that other countries don't have. The fact that we can live, work and play where we want to, without having to answer to anyone for our reasoning, makes this country great. Although our forefathers had to fight a hard battle to win these freedoms, we Americans proved that we can't be shoved around without a fight. I'm proud of our Flag and our people and our inner strength to strive towards peace and freedom, when ever we need to. If only we could get all the other cultures on the planet to follow the same steps, I seriously think we'd have a better world.
America is the strongest nation in the world because we are free. Little by little our freedoms are being eroded. It may not be long before our way of life is no different than western Europeans. Capitalism and freedom are the cornerstones of this great nation. We should fight to protect our way of life because it is special.
The American way of life allows individuals an opportunity to succeed or fail. While success is never guaranteed, individuals have an opportunity for free primary education and employment rights preventing bias based on race, religion, or gender. Social programs, such as social security, exist to assist those in need. As proof that the American way of life is preferred over other cultures, immigration to America has not ceased. Immigrants still consider the United States as a land of opportunity that is not found in their own country. There is minimal to no emigration out of the United States. Our culture is copied throughout the world. For these reasons, the American culture appears to be preferred over other cultures.
While other cultures may think the American culture is rich, luxurious, mad, greedy, self-righteous or a number of other things, it is the culture I am most familiar with and I enjoy the freedoms I am afforded for being fortunate to being born to two American citizens. We are able to choose our own God, our own politics, our own spouses, our own friends, our own careers. We are given chances to succeed that a lot of other cultures do not have. Freedom is extremely important to me, and I imagine it is to others as well, so it is a culture to definitely be interested in learning more about, for the many cultures who don't have the luxury of the same freedoms.
The American way of life is atrocious. Our way of life and our morals are skewed and no longer hold true, we put too much emphasis on material gain, to polish our own conceited egos. And to the extent that some are willing to go to protect this tainted society is beyond belief. I'm proud to be an American, but ashamed of what this country has become. We no longer deserve all the attention and recognition that we have, and the pitiful excuse for a culture we have here is beyond saving.
I have visited many parts of America and it certainly is a great country and I regard the American way of life to be superior to some other cultures in some respects, but certainly not all other cultures in every respect. I wouldn’t even claim that for my own country’s way of life, even though I am deeply proud to be English – to do so would go far beyond patriotism to the point of nationalism at it’s most arrogant and jingoistic extreme. Have a nice day, y’all!
The first thing you learn if you take an anthropology class is that, from a social scientific standpoint, no culture is inherently "better" than another. Nothing, hence, makes American culture superior to other cultures, from an objective standpoint. The question does not note whom it is preferred by, so I am assuming it means from an objective standpoint.
Personally, I prefer America's culture. I absolutely love the freedom that we have, and I love the values that we stand for. However, I would not say that other cultures are always worse than us. Other cultures value different things and, in some areas, we can learn from other cultures. It is always good to be able to learn the good things other cultures have, too. American culture is wonderful and great, but that does not mean that we are better than everyone else at everything.
I am sure that being able to have the freedoms that we have in this country are welcomed all over the world. But, as far as our culture, I think that maybe some other cultures feel that we are maybe too carefree. I would rather have a culture where traditions and values are placed beyond everything else, and family comes before all. But, it seems as though our culture in this country has lost those values and traditions.
There are certain cultures that do not buy into the American way of life. One example would be a certain percentage of Islam that believes Americans are corrupt. They see us as Godless and greedy, which is reflected in our culture through sexual freedom, capitalism, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion.
There are American workers/citizens who prefer other cultures, and end up moving away from America. If it were the preferred way of life, all of those people would end up staying. In a lot of cases, people love their way of life in other countries as well. A lot of people in other countries actually believe the American way of life is excessive and inefficient.
Although the American way of life may seem luxurious to many, it is not the same across the socioeconomic board. Many Americans live in poverty and do not have access to proper education, housing or food. We irresponsibly spend money on larger and larger houses and spend until we get into debt. Instead of growing our own food we also support exploitative business practices by supporting factory farming and the unsupervised labor of illegal immigrants. Our culture is not superior to other cultures at all because it encourages superficiality, waste and indulgence. Although it's true than many cultures are worse or the same, our culture is not better than the British, Australians or Germans, etc.
The American way of life is not the preferred lifestyle because that's just a false, nationalistic idea. Every country thinks they're the best. Some of the basic tenets of the US are much better than others', but way of life is a subjective thing. Thinking we're the best way and the only way to do things really encourages those who don't like us much to really hate us.
I assume myself to be a "mutt mixture"-a blend of Native American, Scots, Welsh..assorted odds and ends on the ancestral chain. More so than a lot of people, having been adopted has made genealogy a passion most of my life. Research into different nationalities, surnames, and different cultures have provided me with knowledge of my own and other's ancestors' cultures. On the average, I believe the American citizen does not have too much cultural inheritance unless one is born into or brought into a race other than "Caucasian"-Native American, Jewish, etc. If one is lucky enough to have roots that other generations of family members have tended and cared enough to hand down, then no doubt the family cultural heritage is known by most. Many cultures may try the American way of life and adapt to it, but others return to claim their cultural identity with intense longings. It appears that genealogy websites are proof of the longing and wanting to know one's cultural heritage as so many Americans search endlessly for their own!
The American way of life exploits shamelessly in its pursuit of and definition of "greatness". It exploits its own citizens with diminished public services and low wages earned only by working more hours than any other "first world" country. The American way of life encourages greed, callousness and a total disregard of quality of life. Anyone who takes the time to enjoy life or who is content with simple pleasures is called a "slacker" and if we aren't consumed with making money and taking advantage of others we're called soft. The only way this can continue is by shamelessly exploiting other countries, natural resources and its own citizens.
Surely every country has bad and good sides, but since the American way of life is the most advertised and forced of them all, all good and bad sides of it are more evident to the world.
Good: entertaining, but shallow, escapist movies and games.
Christian brothers and sisters.
Bad: Extreme capitalism which it spreads, with selfish individualism, lack of care for close ones, because money is more valued than people.
Money and fame idolatry, hypocritical, lying and self-righteous politicians.
Mass brainwashing by advertisements, dumb & materialistic culture, glorification of immorality and violence.
Different strands of materialistic success, judaizing or false prophets among US christian churches and missionaries.
The American way of life as far as I'm aware is one of a lot of technology, very rushed, very worrisome. And it doesn't seem to have its own defined culture, just parts of other cultures. The whole nationalistic high school, boy/girlfriend, working 9-5, having a big car and a nice house, along with all the "social politics" between friends, who said what about who etc. In no major order, I would take any of the following places to live before america any day; Australia, UK, Italy (riviera) Jamaica, Japan, Tuva, Canada, or Mongolian steppe. TBH, the very fact that this question is being asked, sums up the reasons why I say no, the way Americans see them, and then the rest of the world, forgetting they aren't the richest, smartest, don't have the longest or most embellished history, the way the country's run is poor, they make a very small percentage of global population, they aren't so militarily powerful that they can just smite whomsoever they please and they haven't made the best contributions to science, global art or culture. So arrogant, I know not all will be that way, but the country's image is enough to put me off.
There are good and bad people and similarly, cultures in all parts of the world. So there can be no "preferred" culture. But yes, if someone wants, they can adopt the "good" and/of "bad" practices of every culture. Its like selecting from a menu of fast food and curry dishes. Both have a different taste and a variety of items which suit different people, times, places and occasions.
A person's worth determined by material possessions and money, corrupt political system and law making easily influenced by corporate lobbies, no knowledge of and no respect for other cultures, growing divide between rich and poor, crazy right wing christian fundamentalism, no universal health care, corruption in police and judiciary, institutionalized racism, racial profiling of minorities by cops, etc
America is said to be the land of the free but it actually has some of the most ridiculous restrictions I've ever heard of. In some states you don't have the right to walk barefoot or shirtless (for men), or smoke on the street, make love under the open sky, sleep on the beach, or kiss if your breath smells of garlic. Of course if you compare yourselves with more oppressed countries you can feel better about your situation, but there are countries that are way freer than the US. I guess it all depends on where you're from and what your real knowledge about the US is. Is it only based on things you've heard on the TV and the movies that you've watched or is it more realistic?