The contrasting cultural preferences between East and West have given rise to the study of East-West dichotomy as an important branch of sociology. There is no definite line diving the East from the West. Often it is the major differences between the cultures and traditions followed by people that form the boundaries. Countries like Australia and New Zealand which regionally lie on the Eastern part are considered to be western nations for this reason. Significant difference can be seen in the areas of social structures, family values, philosophies and life style between the people of East and West. The list below identifies 7 major differences between the Eastern and Western cultures.