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Russian vs. American values

17. November 2009 by Marie 0 Comments

How can Russian women be beautiful and intelligent, strong and kindhearted, great dressers and yet nonmaterialistic?


Some members think Russian women are just too good to be true, when maybe it's just a matter of cultural values.  One university study shows many striking differences between Russians and Americans (the purveyors of world pop culture).


Here are some key differences:


Americans in particular are clock-watchers. They cheat on sleep to get more done and consider any waste of time a waste of life. Russians are often late and much less driven by deadline. Time has never been money, so there's no incentive to race the clock.



Americans have a unique zeal for entrepreneurship, invention and individualism. It's what built the country. The Russian way, dating back thousands of years in an agrarian society, rewards conformity, collectivism and working within the system.



In surveys of Russian and American students, the Americans ranked these values in importance: Money, career, family friends. Russians ranked the same values this way: Family, friends, career, money.

Of course, in a capitalist economy, Americans see money and career as the means to provide well for their families. In Russia, the focus has always been entirely different: People haven't had to worry about "making it" at the expense of family time.


Americans believe through hard work and luck, anyone can change their lot in life. Russians, having lived through centuries of hardship and turmoil, are more accepting of life on life's terms. They believe you can still live a rich life even if you don't have much materially.   


One way isn't necessarily better than the other. Just knowing there are cultural differences may help skeptics understand Russian women. And understanding is the foundation of a strong relationship!