In what ways are an average 20 year old American's lifestyle different from an 20 year old Indian's?A twenty year old in USA generally studies and works part time (sometimes full time) to partly support themselves. Those who are not studying (which is a much higher percentage than India at that age from among those who have passed highschool) they are working. They generally live with roommates/apartment mates - even if their parents are living in the same town/city. Sometimes they may even have a full time live in partner or girlfriend. Most of them also own a car.
A twenty year old in India generally studies and does not work. They either live with their parents or in a hostel - if their place of study is away from home (or if their study benefits from staying in hostel). In India a majority of high school pass outs will go to college - of one type or the other - immediately after graduating from high school. But they do not move out of home unless there is a particular compelling reason. They may have a girlfriend but she also stays with her parents. So much less of all the things that comes with living in with girlfriend. They do not generally own cars - may be a motorbike or scooter. On the other hand those twenty year old who for some reason could not continue to study (either dropped out of school or high school for some reason) they work - in much more low paying and harsh jobs than the working twenty year olds in USA.
But these are generalizations.
Answer presented is generalized.
The deeply ingrained culture of a country plays a very important role in shaping the lifestyle of any 20 year old.
- A 20 year old American begins to accept the adulthood at this biological age. 20 year old Americans try becoming more independent and manage their expenses. They consider summer as a productive season - probabilities to get employed or earn a living. There is a dignity of labor in American countries. Hence, during their summer break, these 20 year old youngster seek opportunities for work. At the said age, they would have tried and regretted activities which are a realization to them. They would listen more to mainstream pop and more of iTunes/Netflix purchases. A major part of them believe in practicalities of work rather than spending more time at the universities. They switch their majors often, try out things until it fits them and keep the exploring aspect alive. They like to seek independence and get reprimanded by parents at times for not being enough respectful. 20 year old would wait for being 21 so that they can legally buy alcohol at the liquor stores. An increased social networking will be observed, stalking, running into and observing lifestyles of old-lost high school friends. They indulge into risky behaviors, experiment and also contribute to the running of household.
- A 20 year old Indian, conditions depend as per the family class and gender. If a guy belongs to a village, he may support to the agrarian or small business of parents. If it's a girl, she may be told to manage household work and later be married off. However, few percentage of village based parents would let their children study hard and expect their future become brighter. There may be 20 year old who may indulge in crimes to earn a livelihood.
A 20 year old Indian in a semi-urban to urban (middle class) would stay with parents. All his needs for a phone, food for college, hostel accommodation - almost every monetary based material needs are satisfied by parents. There is a push by parents to choose the education field that would land them with a quick job. For these 20 year old, comparisons are drawn with neighborhood or relative siblings for performance and success. The sense of responsibilities is less, spending time at university varies from person to person but time spent in unproductive activities is more like television, excessive social media, texting and dreaming about perfect life.
A 20 year old in suburban, high class receives all the limelight that is needed. People approach them more, they look and smell better, carry brands that you have never heard of. They hardly have deficiency in materialistic aspirations and procurement. However, they suffer with complicated relationship of parents and other relations. Relations are less dyadic. They fall prey to complacency and aspire to take up either what suits them or something that their paternal or maternal ancestry has endowed them.
I can't really say because I don't know how life is for a 20 year old in India. Some differences I've heard is kids want to move out by the time they are 20 in the US but not in India... Another difference I've heard is women have equal rights in the US but not in India. I think it is a lot less crowded in the US because we don't believe in having such huge families because of overpopulation on the earth and strain on earth's resources, the danger to a women's health from so many children, and because children are expensive! Also the average age women give birth for the first time in India is 20 years old and in the US it is 26. So the average Indian 20 year old woman is pregnant and the average 20 year old American woman is not.