What do people that live outside of America think of Americans?

SumtinProphetic (@sumtinprophetic) 10 years, 2 months ago

So…. there are are many people from all over the world on this site. I was wondering what your perceptions of Americans were. Please note, I’m not asking your opinion of America – I’m asking about Americans … in general, or specifically

April 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm
ZionBorn (89) (@irievibes) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I try to not hold too tightly to an opinion about a general populace.

Every individual is different :)

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SumtinProphetic (4,925) (@sumtinprophetic) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Big Kev, I LOVE to hear that =) Do you think that is a mindset that is shared by a majority of the populace though?

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R.V. Star (151) (@rickvonstar) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I’m from America and I think a fair majority of the people are hopelessly unappreciative

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Patrick Bateman (0) (@PatrickBateman) 8 years ago ago

Unappreciative of what?

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Anonymous (14) (@) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Well, Is there any difference between us and Americans??:)

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Pragmatix (604) (@pragmatix) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@SumtinProphetic, I, myself believe that Americans(USA) are people. Theres some bad some good.

Buuut I do have some general thoughts about Americans that I know deep inside is not very true. Like dangerously patriotic, blinded by consumerism, self-centered and so on…
But the impressions I get is from the media, and the media makes drama. They also do stories mostly based on your government which I sometimes cant believe is true because.. I mean.. Wow.. your government sucks really bad!

I do have some American friends and I love them! But I wish they could think a little more objective and global and less American patriotism. :P

I am very interested in knowing what you think that Europeans think?

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Ricardo (32) (@ricardomrodriguez) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I hope you mean people FROM the United States OF America and not the ENTIRE American continent (North and South) as there are at least 35 countries.

Not trying to be a smart ass but “Americans” are very self centered and see themselves as the end all be all. Calling themselves “Americans” is just an example of the self-centered attitude I’m referring to.

Not all but some if not most do think that way. I’ve lived in the US for 8 years now and that has been my experience.

I also perceive people from here “not being thankful” for:
The opportunities provided by this country

and…

The awesomeness of first world problems. First world problems are MINUSCULE compared to others. I have personally gone through weeks of no electricity or water having to walk to a river or a truck sent by the city with a bucket to get enough water to just cook or shower.

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SumtinProphetic (4,925) (@sumtinprophetic) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Shyam, other than nationality, culture (to a certain extent), and an ability to speak more than 1 language? No

@Pragmatix, I don’t know what Europeans think! That’s why I asked…

I met some really cool people from Spain when I was in Paris this past summer, and this was a big topic of conversation. Overall, they seemed to think that Americans in general were very ignorant and our political system is in tremendous turmoil (although the latter doesn’t really apply here).

They projected their opinions about the American political system onto their opinions about Americans and that’s how they came to think of us as ignorant. (I didn’t bother to argue by saying that in fact, a lot of Americans don’t vote, and a lot of the ones that do – don’t vote based on knowledge of the issues, they vote based on party affiliation… but that wouldn’t really help their view)

And yes, American Patriotism can be blinding to many Americans

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Anonymous (3) (@) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I think the most important thing is not to know what other people mean about americans, but about you, it’s not because you are american that you are fat, it’s not because you are muslim that you are a terrorist, it’s not because you are jewish that you are tightwad, etc. Stop making your opinion about others because they are from certain countries, only your action count, make the difference

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SumtinProphetic (4,925) (@sumtinprophetic) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

ricardomrodriguez,

I hope you mean people FROM the United States OF America and not the ENTIRE American continent (North and South) as there are at least 35 countries…. Calling themselves “Americans” is just an example of the self-centered attitude I’m referring to.

Point taken.

I also perceive people from here “not being thankful” for:
The opportunities provided by this country

I’m not sure whether or not it’s a matter of people being thankful or people being ignorant.

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SumtinProphetic (4,925) (@sumtinprophetic) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@arben, agreed. Luckily, I was able to show my friends from Spain that there are some of us that aren’t ignorant or arrogant

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ZionBorn (89) (@irievibes) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Ricardo, You’re right about “some, not all”

I didn’t say this in my first post but I’ve lived in the U.S. my whole life. I say fuck patriotism, and I tell my friends this all the time. Our government sucks big time and it’s the fault of the media that most “Americans” think the way they do.

Yeah, I live in a middle class area and you could say I live comfortably. I am inexplicably thankful for that, seriously. I didn’t choose to be born here and I feel very lucky that I don’t have to worry so much about surviving day to day.

But above all, I am so high above racism and all this superiority that you see in many Americans. I have love for everyone and I go out of my way to help those less fortunate than myself, regardless of race, creed, or whatever.

And trust me, I am one of MANY.

Spread the love.

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Ricardo (32) (@ricardomrodriguez) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@SumtinProphetic, I think it’s a bit of both. The fact that people have never experienced the scarcity of things such as water, food, shelter, education, etc. allows them to take for granted what this country has to offer. Completely desensitized of what third world countries go through, that is why you see so many immigrants become successful business owners, lawyers, scientist, doctors, etc. They know and have experienced the scarcity I’m referring to so when they get here they don’t take shit for granted. But unfortunately not all take those advantages to its fullest.

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Kevin (536) (@placid) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

If you’re multilingual you speak several languages, if you’re bilingual you speak two, if you speak one language, you’re an American.

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SumtinProphetic (4,925) (@sumtinprophetic) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Kevin, I was literally just about to put that

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Natasha Norie (0) (@shoegurl) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

As an American that has lived abroad in a plethora of locations. Here we go: The German’s don’t trust anyone that does not give eye contact – Germans give great eye contact – American’s are stand offish and want there personal space (like myself). Italian’s judge all people on their personal appearance. American’s generally travel to Italy with white sneakers, a fanny pack, ill-fitted blue jeans and some sort of sweatshirt. So, go figure. The South Koreans see American as a meal ticket, Japanese don’t have an opinion, and the French think American’s are not smart because generally the majority of Americans vote against their interest. Those are all the countries I’ve lived. I hope this helps folks.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I see America as a powerful culture of mixed, even conflicting, traditional values. The freedom versus control, people embracing their right to make their own decisions verses people who believe they know what is best for everyone else. This is not specifically liberals verses conservatives, democrats versus republicans, both sides in that issue have their masures of freedom and control.
When you have a free nation, the first thing that freedom is used for is to take freedom. If you have an anarchy, the first thing people do is try to add a chain of command.
But in general, I like Americans as much as anyone else. I’m Australian btw.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Ricardo, I had a library teacher with an accent I said “Are you American?” she got all offended and said “NO! I’m Canadian!” I said “Canada is part of the American continent”

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David (325) (@zeitro) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

i’m just here to say that I agree with Ricardo, and will even repeat it, America is a CONTINENT, not a country…

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David (325) (@zeitro) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

also i’ve always wondered why the measuring systems used in the U.S. are so different from the ones used in the rest of the world??
also why are dates written with the month first instead of the day??

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pat (169) (@epath) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@zeitro, Yes, it is; however, everyone outside our country calls us American and we’ve started to do that, too. Everyone knows what you mean when you say “America.” I try to say I’m from the U.S. or United States and then they say, “In America, you…” so it’s hopeless. I have lived overseas a lot. People are usually tellilng me what American values/thoughts/politics/ etc. are. I read once in a magazine, “Everyone in America wants to be rich.” I don’t think our values are so different than any others; we have had more opportunities as a whole and are viewed as spoiled and arrogant and our govt. has been a leading power so it’s our fault…But there are a lot of nice people who listen to me and figure out I’m not a sterotype any more than they are.

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Sanjay (0) (@sanjay) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

A small thing that strikes me is the fear of people to things that are different . The ‘ Not invented here syndrome ‘ as Wernher von Braun puts it .

Otherwise I see it as a country with tremendous amounts of resources and potential .

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Jesusbob (34) (@jesusbob) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

In General = A population of xenophobic, ignorant, and self-centred people who would rather turn on a television program about someone losing weight than pay attention to what their own government is doing in their name all around the world.

Specifically = They be people like any other people. Love to all.

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Anonymous (30) (@) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Something I found interesting..My artist friend said the biggest difference she feels between the USA and Germany is that in Germany when she says she is an artist, people do not look at her like she’s a 4 year old with a box of crayons. My violinist friend has also commented on the appreciation she feels as a classical musician in Europe.

BUT anyway-

The USA is also very large for a country in comparison to many individual countries in Europe, South America, and Africa. So from that standpoint, making generalizations when there are SO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE is a bit narrow minded. You can comment on what you see on the television, and what comes out of our elections which, mind you, are usually strongly divided/ 50/50..

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Luigi (1,453) (@luigiblue) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I don’t really have that strong of an opinion towards them. We are all people, they were just raised differently. Can’t blame them for that. I have cousins in USA and most of the time I hate what they do and how they act..but they are just the product of their environment. I don’t hate the person, I hate their world.

The country on the other hand is a disaster and the people in it follow like sheep. WAKE UP

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fabiola (1) (@fabiolanevarez) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

For the 11 years that I lived in the United States, I may say I love it! I think ignorant, fat, self centered people reside all over the world, no need to hate one one nation for it.

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