The United States is sometimes referred to as having a culture of convenience. In other words, Americans are used to living a convenient lifestyle where most necessities (and luxuries) are easily available at all times. From the 24-hour fast food restaurants to the giant superstores providing everything from toilet paper to a 70-inch flat screen TV, America is a country of now.
For some Expats, the fast-paced, always ‘on’ culture can be overwhelming at first, but overall most find the change to be positive in the end.
Below are a few examples of the American Convenience Culture:
Many groceries, drug stores, and other markets are open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Certain fast food restaurants, including McDonald’s, can be counted among the many conveniences available at all hours of the day. Whether you’re looking to satisfy a craving at 2 am, or pick up some household essentials at 4 am, chances are you will find a place open to do so.
Too busy to shop? Many businesses in America allow you to pre-order your items online, so when you show up at the store they are waiting and ready to go. You can pre-order from grocery stores, department stores, and many fast-food restaurants.
In America, you can order your food from the convenience of your own vehicle when you go through the Drive-Thru. Order your food, pay, and pick it up, all without ever stepping foot on the ground.
Not only do restaurants in the U.S. have to offer you free water, but most will refill your fountain drinks for free. Drink up; the waiter will be by soon to top off that drink! This convenience does not apply to alcoholic beverages.
Assimilating to a new culture can be challenging for foreigners. Learn what cultural services offer, and how they can help ease your transition by providing tips for moving to the USA.