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Arabic life in many ways may seem very unorthodox to the average American But what may seem abnormal to us as Americans is perfectly normal for a member of an Arabic society This has to do mainly with a cultures social structure Social structure is the way people have been brought up to do things in everyday life and determines what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior in their society or culture Through reading this piece on the Arabic world I now have a basic understanding of their way of life As we know to be human is to be social and without social activity the world would be a very boring and lonely place to inhabit As Americans studies have shown that we are very private people When this privacy is invaded we become angry or uncomfortable with the situation In an Arabic society privacy in public places or in the comfort of their home is foreign in fact they hate to be alone and will often express this through strong physical contact or invading ones private space In the States we are taught to always keep a proper distance between ourselves and others and to avoid physical contact because it is impolite Naturally I found these actions to be very strange But as I read on I began to understand why they act in this manner Unlike in American families where a family member from time to time desires his or her privacy in Arabic families there is no such thing as physical privacy If a member of their family wants privacy they just stop talking indicating that they want to be alone with their thoughts or does not want to be intruded upon In my opinion this method would never work in an American household especially in my family If a member of my family stopped speaking for one reason or another it would imply that they were angry at another member So
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