Culture vs Socioeconomic Status

Are you more similar to those of the same country/culture? Or of the same socioeconomic class?

I’ve been asking myself and my friends this question lately. It’s a question that was top of mind while I was backpacking South America.

The traditional answer is that we are more similar to those of the same country/culture. This is why many choose to travel. They travel to see the world and meet different people.

During my trip I made friends from all over. I noticed that many of us were in a similar socioeconomic class. Backpacking requires disposable income after all. And those that are wealthy likely don’t want to sleep in hostel dorm rooms. Despite our diversity in cultures we shared many similarities.

On the other hand, I find that I rarely meet those of a different socioeconomic class. Here in New York, my social circles naturally gravitate to those of a similar class. While I do know people that are rich, I don’t know any that have inhereited wealth. I also don’t know many that are living paycheck to paycheck.

July 26, 2022

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