Etiquette

  • Greetings As throughout the US, greetings that would be construed as personal inquiries in most cultures ('How are you?') are generally meant as pleasantries rather than serious inquiries.
  • Interacting with strangers Similarly, the informality of American culture makes interactions between strangers relatively common. Don't be surprised if strangers initiate conversations unexpectedly.
  • Taboo topics Religion, politics, and sex are often best left for discussion with only the closest of friends in the United States.