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Whatever the reason—the influence of a Protestant work ethic, or a desperate attempt to not appear classist—North Americans habitually start a conversation with strangers by asking what they do for a living. It’s one of many customs in which American cultural norms deviate from those of the UK and Europe. ... "They may just feel like: Look, it’s all I do 40 hours a week or more, it’s the last thing I want to talk about," Post Senning says.

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