Reality check – global style.
There’s a saying about English-speakers. We say ‘Go fuck yourself,’ when we really mean ‘I like you,’ and we say ‘I like you,’ when we really mean ‘Go fuck yourself.’
Outside of getting shit-housed drunk and screaming ‘I LOVE YOU, MAN!’, open displays of affection in American culture are tepid and rare. Latin and some European cultures describe us as ‘cold’ and ‘passionless’ and for good reason. In our social lives we don’t say what we mean and we don’t mean what we say.