Factors that Influence Personal Hygiene

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  • 0:55 Body Image, Age, & Culture
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

It may seem like a no-brainer that you should bathe once a day but that's not a no-brainer for everyone. Why? Well, it turns out there are a lot of factors that influence personal hygiene and this lesson goes over many of them.

The Definition of Hygiene

You know how people across different age groups, nations, cultures, and religions tend to disagree on quite a few things? For example, the younger generations tend to favor new musical artists and music styles, while the older generation shakes their head at the latest music fad. Why can't everyone just like Mozart and stick with that for a few centuries?

You'd think, though, that pretty much everyone would agree on what good personal hygiene is. But again, depending on various factors, what is appropriate personal hygiene to one person isn't to another. Hygiene is succinctly the science of health. This implies, more broadly, the preservation and maintenance of health thanks to acts of cleanliness like washing your hands and body, covering your mouth when you sneeze, and so on.

Let's go over some of the factors that may influence personal hygiene.

Body Image, Age, & Culture

One potential factor is body image, a person's subjective view about their physical appearance. Body image itself can be influenced by any number of things, including a person's mood, their values, a recent accident of some sort, and so on.

Another potential factor influencing personal hygiene may be age. For instance, teenagers are commonly preoccupied with being accepted by and judged by their peers. This means they may be more likely to follow the latest trends and fads regarding personal hygiene. As people age and enter the workforce, coworkers may influence personal hygiene habits as well. In either case, you can tell that society plays a role in personal hygiene practices.

Culture is also a big one here. Take the U.S. and Canada, for example. In these nations it's expected that people bathe regularly and use products that prevent body odor such as antiperspirants and deodorants. But this isn't the case everywhere. People in Eastern Europe, especially the older generations, aren't as relatively concerned with body odor as most people in the Western world.

Personal Views, Economics, & Education

That being said, of course, that was a generalization. Personal preferences come into play as well in either society despite the stereotypical view of things. For example, some people simply do not feel normal or good unless they take a shower every day and shampoo their hair every day. Others feel that it's not good to do so every day, unless sweaty or dirty, and do so every other day. Still, some people take it to extremes and avoid baths or washing their hair for even weeks at a time because they read some guy's blog article on how it made him feel great.

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