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Do culture and the economy inform international dating?

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Simply Travel is an international travel agency whose office is in our organization. Thus, we have interviewed two travel consultants who have helped thousands of men to meet their Eastern European ladies.

How culture informs international dating:

According to our international travel consultants, the corporate culture in some international hotels which have businesses in high-context cultures as well as low-context cultures could be more complex. It is true that in a high-context culture, what is not said could have more meaning than what is clearly said, and that is also known as a writer-dependent culture (e.g. China, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, etc.). More exactly, a writer-dependent culture is about respecting the writer (i.e. the content producer), and the reader is supposed to try their best to understand what the writer is actually saying. That explains why many hotels in writer-dependent cultures do not have extremely clear instructions about how to use certain equipment in the hotel – people should just figure things out by themselves. Consequently, managers and employees from high-context cultures probably expect others to figure out implied meanings and connotations while communicating with each other in the work place.

In contrast, in a low-context culture, what is said is clearly more important than what is not being said, and this is also known as a reader-dependent culture (e.g. the United States, Germany, Australia, etc.). That is why in a reader-dependent culture, some hotels even have very specific instructions such as ‘how to wash your hands’. In that case, managers and employees from low-context cultures might not read between the lines and probably would not guess the implied meaning or connotation of certain words when they communicate with others at work. Therefore, tensions and conflicts may arise easily and frequently in international hotels with a mixture of both high-context culture and low-context culture. This potential issue is not only common amongst staff members, but also commonplace when staff members are communicating with customers from different cultures. Fortunately, cultures are either high-context or low-context in general; thus, with the correct understanding of these subtle differences, international hotels can manage these tensions and conflicts successfully.

Clearly, although Eastern European countries aren’t really a writer-dependent culture, it’s definitely less reader-dependent compared to the western culture. So, when you are dating an Eastern European woman, you should know this. 😉

Eastern European culture isn’t really a low-context culture.

Besides, high-context culture and low-context culture have other different characteristics that cannot be neglected. For instance, in a high-context culture, time is flexible in the workplace. In this case, a staff member from a high-context culture might not be punctual every time, and meetings may not be highly efficient. Sometimes a business meeting can last for hours or even days in a high-context culture as business professionals tend to build relationships slowly before making important decisions in business. Yet once relationships are built, they usually become long-lasting business relationships which can benefit businesses in the long run. By contrast, in a low-context culture, time is highly organized, meaning punctuality is highly valued and meetings are usually shorter. Hence, negotiations are oftentimes very efficient in a low-context culture. That being said, close relationships in a professional environment usually last for a short period of time rather than a long time. It is obvious that people from high-context culture and those who are from low-context culture may find it harder to build relationships fast as they might not understand others’ expectations in this respect. That also means if you are looking to date an Eastern European lady, you should build the connection slowly. Be patient! 😊

Western men come from a low-context culture.

Another key issue is how knowledge is handled in international hotels. It is said that in a high-context culture, knowledge is usually confidential with closer relationships in which trust has already been built, whereas in a low-context culture, knowledge is often transferable and open. This might look like a culture shock when international hotels enter new markets overseas where the culture is so different. Our travel advisors point out that sharing information between the management team and employees is a good practice in a low-context culture, whilst in a high-context culture such as Cuba, maintaining confidentiality instead of sharing information is the key to doing any business, not just at the individual level, but also amongst all management levels. Likewise, in a high-context culture like China, achieving confidentiality is an obligation, which means if someone shares information, they might even violate moral standards in China. To be more precise, when an employee knows how to do a particular task but another employee does not know how to go about it, the more capable employee is not really supposed to teach the other employee how to do it properly in China, because they do not want to offend anyone by showing them who is more intelligent. Another situation can be when a manager knows how to perform a certain task but their assistant does not know how to do it well, the manager may not teach this assistant, because if the assistant has learned how to do that, the manager’s job can be in danger (the assistant might replace the manager in the organization). That is also a typical example in a high-context culture. However, in a low-context culture such as Australia and the United States, sharing information like how to do something at work is commonplace, and managers as well as employees might even send emails to everyone in the organization in order to share knowledge – everyone can receive the information in this low-context culture.

So, if you are from a low-context culture, you may think about how you can adjust what you say and what you do when you are dating a Slavic woman who is from a high-context culture.

“Yes, cultures and the economy definitely influence international dating.”

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