The definition of culture is the beliefs, customs, arts, traditions, and other expressions that join and connect a particular group of people. Regardless of the differences in the population, the culture is what is shared by them all. Historically, cultures have been shaped by a person’s geographical region or country and the associated history. In modern society, however, the internet and social media has allowed people to forge connections with other people all the way across the world. The human culture is starting to conquer traditional geographical boundaries.
In today’s mobile society many people may find themselves residing in countries far away from their own. Culture shock can occur when people are suddenly and fully subjected to the culture of another place, normally strikingly different than their own. Video conferencing services such as Skype can allow a person to “attend” functions and ceremonies, therefore keeping someone still very much a part of their own culture even when they are physically far away. Smart phones will immediately provide you with news stories from your home country. We are much better able to not only remain connected to our own culture, but to also experience others. [Read more...]