The social affiliation is usually defined as a cultural segment since the society impacts on our decisions based on norms, values, rules, regulations, and responsibilities. There are different definitions of culture, though it means how we do things. Hence, it may be defines as “a set of traditions, beliefs, values, and norms, or standards of behavior that have been passed down from generation to generation (Sole, 2011). I posit that both culture and gender are essential contributors to how human beings interact and define how to engage in interpersonal communications, with or without the knowledge of the respondents.
The basic function of culture, which is providing a sense of individuality, affects our thinking and actions (Wood, 2009). This concept provides tools by which we define ourselves on a personal and collective setting. Additionally, the concept influences our decisions towards individuals with whom we form bonds of interaction. Gender also plays the same role as culture, though in a biological form. Both gender and culture work together towards forming prejudices, presuppositions, biases, personal experiences, and security when interacting on an interpersonal level. The norms and values of society and gender are taught from generation to generation, either verbally or via observation. Interpersonal communication, thus, follows preconceptions we have established through the years to which stereotypes are formed regarding certain individuals or groups.
By associating our actions, and consequently ourselves to culture, we are what culture makes us. Our culture is not only an aspect we associate with, but also a form to which we establish our being. The concept of culture defines what our actions are since culture instills responsibility in our being. What culture suggests is the responsibility the community assigns us, and we usually act in accordance to suggestions from culture. By being part of a community,