What Is an Example of Real Culture?

Examples of real culture are opening presents on Christmas morning, gathering with friends for Super Bowl Sunday and voting in an election. Real culture reflects the actual norms, behaviors and everyday life of those within a society or organization.

Whereas real culture shows how individuals actually live and act, ideal culture represents the overarching value system and related behavioral norms a society or organization aspires to. For example, the ideal culture in the United States is defined as protecting every citizen’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A breach between real and ideal culture can create cultural dissonance.