7 Weird Americanisms We Learned From Ikea

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With their freakish good looks, we thought Swedes were weird, but it turns out Americans are even stranger. Swedish furniture megastore Ikea recently conducted a survey to get to know the lives of Americans at home, and its findings not only surprised us, but they made us realize we're a weird bunch of homemakers. Here are some odd things the report revealed:
  • Only 1% want their home to reflect how successful they have been.
  • 62% say they control the remote over their significant other, children, friends, or others.
  • 43% state they have assigned seating in their living room.
  • 52% of households allow phone calls and/or texting during dinner.
  • 31% sleep with their cat or dog under the covers.
  • 54% use the space under their bed as extra storage.
  • Women spend more time enjoying their outdoor living areas than men do.
Head to Fast Company to read more oddities the Ikea report revealed about Americans.