6 Harmful American Habits, That Are Spreading Around The World

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Americans have a reputation in the world that they have some pretty bad habits. For example, they work too long and watch TV for too long. No matter how harmful these habits are, they are slowly spreading to the rest of the world. This is why Business Insider reminds us of some purely American bad habits that have begun to pave the way for other countries around the world.

1.They often eat in fast-food chains

In the United States, people eat more food from these chains than any other country in the world. Fast-food restaurants serve 50 million Americans daily, and a recent survey found that 8 out of 10 US citizens eat at such place at least once a month.

Other countries are also advancing in this regard. Over 50% of all restaurant sales in France in 2013, for example, were made by fast-food chains. This is an increase of 14% over a year earlier. Consumption of this type of food also grows in other countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Germany and Japan.

2.They miss lunch breaks

Americans have a reputation for not getting out of their desks on a business day. This is supported by data: 62% of US officials eat their lunch at their desk.

Again, France follows them on this point. There the average lunch time has shrunk from 80 minutes in 1975 to just 22 minutes in 2011. This has led to a decline in cafes sales and has forced more French to dine to their computers.

3.They are getting crazy on “Black Friday”

Once-called “Black Friday” was a purely American phenomenon, the day after Thanksgiving, when retailers offer huge discounts to start the season of festive sales.

However, the trend becomes global. Several countries, including Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Norway, France, Australia, Romania and Germany, have begun to copy the tradition in recent years.

Canada’s reason for doing so is particularly curious: according to CBC television, Canadian merchants themselves started the Black Friday tradition to deny citizens of the country crossing the border to shop with huge discounts in the United States on that day.

4.They work abnormally many hours

US citizens are known to work more hours than employees in any other country in the world.

A 2014 study found that full-time Americans work around 47 hours a week. At the same time, people in Western European countries, such as Germany and Sweden, work around 35 hours a week and are even protected by the law to refuse to work over 48 hours a week.

However, this is not the case in all countries. The American trend of staying up late in the office sneaks in the UK, where employees work on average over 42 hours a week.

5.Social networking

The United States is home to many of the world’s most popular social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and others. However, Americans have already overcome their obsession with these platforms, which can not be said of other peoples.

Long ago, US citizens have been overtaken by others using social networks. The United States is no longer in the Top 10 countries whose citizens most use social networks.

According to latest data, the leaders of the social networks are the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.

6.They watch TV all day

According to a 2015 report, Americans watch more television than any other nation in the world. They watch the TV screen for an average of 4 hours and 42 minutes a day. However, they are competing in this regard by Australians, Italians and Poles, all of whom watch TV over 4 hours a day.

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