When it comes to nations and standards of living, there are certain stereotypes. For example, the US is known to have a spoiled population with a high standard of living for instant gratification. That’s not how everyone is all the time, but that is the stereotype for the standard of living in the US, in the broad sense. Then there is the European standard of living, which might not include as much indulgence and impulsive, instant gratification, but it is still a ‘high class’ standard of living.
You see, as for the stereotype about the European standard of living, it is all about class. Just think about the British and their afternoon tea, the French and their sophisticated Parisian lifestyles and the Italian mastery of food and the arts. Not all Americans are walking around drinking big gulps, refilling on cheeseburgers, working minimal hours and attached to an electronic device, but the stereotype does ring true in a way.
Collectively, America as a society is self-indulgent, wasteful and wealthy compared to other nations, even when it comes to the averages of citizens in European countries. Americans make more money, spend more money, waste more money and well, you get the follies of the high life when you don’t know how good you have it. It makes you think about the standard of living Americans could have, but then you also have to look at the positives.
Americans might be quick to spend money and focus on self-indulgences, but who said you had to only deal with finer things? I know places you can still find 50 cent hot dog nights. Globally, everything is getting more expensive, but Americans do know how to be cheap. We have to be if we are going to be able to afford all this stuff we think we need to have.