The view upon being typically American differs, without a doubt, from person to person, from country to country. There are many perceptions and many aspects to consider. America is a young country, but, it has been a spoiled country for such a long time. A country which is still establishing its society, with close on 300 million people, the USA is a bit difficult to identify. “The Salad Bowl” is a popular term of the many different ingredients that make up American society. But even though the American “salad bowl” certainly has its own characteristics which Americans and foreigners can recognize as distinctly and typically American.
The American society has been built up basically on the same values and ideas. Not only are they on common ground and mostly speak the same language, but the country is connected because of communication through media, railroads, highways and a common leader. This gives a feeling of togetherness and belonging. Americans grow up on familiar landmarks and are being influenced in the same way across the country. Each state has its own educational system, but certain values tend to be taught in schools across the nation, such as loyalty to the nation, pride in American democratic principles, and respect for individual freedom. It is all about self-esteem and making them feel good about themselves. The USA is all about sports and fitness at the same time many are obese. The number one health risk is in fact obesity. They call it an epidemic, like it is Polio! I can see today’s young Americans talking to their grandchildren about the great obesity epidemic of 2006 in the future.