Everyone has their own set of beliefs and customs that they practice every day. When these customs and beliefs are interrupted by change, a person may experience disorientation, known as culture shock. I grew up in Long beach California and moved to Washington when I was 12. I remember feeling out of place and uncomfortable with my new lifestyle. Both environments were so different to me, but I eventually adapted.
Culture shock is when an individual experience a sensation of confusion in a foreign environment. For example, entering a different country and being exposed to unfamiliar customs, traditions, languages and garments.
In my case, I experienced culture shock when I first moved to the US. When I moved in 2003, I did not know the language and it was very hard to communicate the simplest things, like ordering a meal. For instance, when I visited a fast food restaurants I was not able to order exactly how I wanted my meals. This was because I could not specify if I wanted a burger without mayo, pickles and onions. I would stare at the menu for a while, look on my phone on how to say my words correctly but always worry about doing it wrong. Instead, I got frustrated and ended up eating combos “1, 2 or 3” since that was easier to say or point out. Being there made feel that I was in a complete strange environment that I did not belonged. I always wanted to avoid making eye-contact and did not enjoyed eating my meals there.
The experience of seeing way of life different from what you’re used to.
Concept: Culture Shock: disorientation and/or confusion caused by moved from one culture to another.
Culture shock is the feeling when moving from one culture to another drastically different culture. Some effects can be mild as a quick surprise or moment of disbelief, to more extreme effects such as passing out or homesickness.
An example of this is when you are raised in a family that always takes off their shoes before entering the home. Then later in life you visit a friends house and your friend walks into the home onto carpet with their shoes on. You might feel taken aback a bit and went silent for a brief moment. You never encountered this behavior and it overloaded your thinking. You might have felt like your friend disrespected the home. This is culture shock.