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Non-American users, what do you think of the USA?
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I've been wondering this for a while now. What do non-Americans typically think of America? We have our obvious stereotypes, but I have no idea how well those hold up in other countries.

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I've been to the U.S. a couple of times before, and contrary to what I usually hear about American folks being rude and all that, I actually found the majority of the people I interacted with during my abroad vacations to be quite polite - a lot more than people down here in Brazil, I can guarantee that.

Another thing that really catches my attention about American people is their immense worship for their country. I mean, one can easily notice this solely from what American children are generally taught at school - History classes tend to cover mostly American history, children are taught to memorize all the former American presidents at a rather early age, etc (these assumptions are loosely based on stuff I have heard and/or read, though - I'm sorry if there is anything incredibly wrong with them). Personally, I think this is a very positive particularity for a country - down here in Brazil, people don't really have this kind of "country affection", and, actually, a lot of them couldn't care less about our political future, which is why we are condemned to eternal corruption.

Although, if I had to state something that sort of bugs me about Americans, that would be occasionally referring to their country by the name of an entire continent (just as you happen to have done yourself, haha). But I do understand there is an entire historic background to that - for default, I'm assuming it has to do with the gigantic influence of the Monroe Doctrine over the country and its people ever since its introduction.
Each country has its good and bad, so relevantly its not the "Greatest country in the planet" anymore since the 80s'...

I live in the US and what the person above me has a point with Americans and their history, of course everyone should be proud of their histories...

But I remember having to memorize the presidents and the 50 states back in Elementary..
I never quite knew why we had to...
And Since im in college there are studys saying that 1/5 Americans dont know where there country lies on the map...cough cough rednecks

Theres polite people, and theres rude people...
When it comes to Military, everyone has to sign for it... I think it all countries do the same when immigrating...

Not sure why, but Americans love to brag on about their possessions and kinda rub things in...
Yet to realize when most products are "Made in China"'or "Product of Mexico"....

One last thing that bothers me is the media and the news...
They completely milk drama and the news trys to negatively influence crime rate on minorities... when thats the lesser problem..
Honestly everyone forgot about the war in Afghanistan, and why are they fighting them?
(For Land, Power and Oil....greed has taken over \(:/)/ )

They say "Land of the free" well they're the first, but not anymore
only difference is you just can't deny a change...or voice out in the countries out from the US.

I like how diverse America is and the union between many races to become a strong community...
Except is too diverse, I hate it when people claim I look Mexican or Puerto Rican(most common hispanic races in US)
when in fact I am not ^_^
But obviously most Americans don't know that South & Central american people can be Native, European, Asian, African or Middle Eastern...

Time goes on and we realize to care about ourselves....not where we live
Everything has up & downs...
But honestly the people are quite kind-hearted
I'd be curious about the same thing. According to statistics I've read, we spend more on our military than any other country and don't have democracy nearly as good as Norway or Internet access nearly as good as (South) Korea, but... I'd also be curious how other people's opinions differ depending on their country or area of origin, say, comparing Canada to western Europe, Japan to South America to the Middle East, whatever. This thread has too darn few replies
Originally posted by imamelia
we spend more on our military than any other country

Not true. We spend more on our military than ALL other countries. Like, combined.

I have no idea what you mean by our democracy not being as good, though. Just on semantic grounds.
I went to Atlanta once and it was a very pleasant trip. I did see a couple of 'weirdos' out there (I didn't realise foil hats were a thing with some people) but all in all, people were nice.

On the internet, the Americans I encounter can be rude and full of themselves. I'd sincerely hope that's not a majority thing.
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My first impression of America was when me and my family went on a cruise out of New York last summer. We ended having our GPSes malfunction, and got lost on our way to our hotel. We knew the street name and address and everything, just not how to get there.

So we stopped at a gas station to ask directions. When we asked the cashier, he looked at us, said he never heard of the place, turned to his magazine he was reading, and gave no effort to help us. We eventually got our Gpses working again and found our way to our hotel.

While I know that's that the way most americans act, but either way, damn was that a terrible first impression.

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people in the citys seem to be not as polite as those in the suberbs. especially in a big city like newyork. i guess all the noise and fast paced everything stresses them out or something. i was driving in New York for the first time from philly and i thought we drove crazy... the second the light turned green everyone started beeping and yelling and i bearly had enough reaction time to take my foot off of the brake. but im from here so i know how to deal with it
Originally posted by imamelia
I'd be curious about the same thing. According to statistics I've read, we spend more on our military than any other country and don't have democracy nearly as good as Norway or Internet access nearly as good as (South) Korea, but... I'd also be curious how other people's opinions differ depending on their country or area of origin, say, comparing Canada to western Europe, Japan to South America to the Middle East, whatever. This thread has too darn few replies

Regarding Internet access, we also have a much smaller overall population density than South Korea.

Here's a map of the population densities of the countries of the world.

I could be wrong, but I would think that it's less profitable to cover the entire United States with great Internet access than it would be in South Korea.

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I can't really judge because i've never been there. But the politicians seem to be huge idiots, lol.

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Originally posted by leictreon
I can't really judge because i've never been there. But the politicians are huge idiots, lol.

FTFY

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I've never been to the US till today unfortunately.. but I think it's one of the most interesting parts of the world, even if every part of the world has its good and its bad things. And I talked and wrote to many Americans because of some online games and other things, and they always had been nice and politely people to talk and write to, up-to-date. And I think, why should I care about things that are more or less bad, about something if hasn't to do with me directly. I really hope if I'm having my first real job, that I can afford a flight for a huge America trip.
Meh. I'm British and I wouldn't mind living in the US. I'd most likely want to live in one of the deserty states, like Nevada. America has many sights to see and stuff to do. So does England, but not on as large of a scale. Our landscapes aren't as varied; mostly fields, hills and forests, with the mountains being up North. America is very varied with just about any type of landscape.

I'm not fussed about politics, so I have no idea how it works over there.
Well, I definitely don't see the US with good eyes. For me they're just the country that rules the world and doesn't give a shit to others.

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I've been to the US once. Last year my family and I made a 4 week tour through California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. As others have said, the landscape variety is immense, the one even more beautiful then the other.
It's hard to complain about another country, I suppose Americans find Holland just as different as we think about the USA (Although our bread is much, much tastier ^-^).
Realistically, you're probably good people and it's a great place to live.

Stereotypically and critically, worded in a way bound to anger a few people who don't understand that this isn't necessarily my explicit view of your home but a loose analysis of my peeves:

Your health care system is abysmal and the only thing stopping me from visiting the US is the fear of being hit by a car and having to pay thousands of dollars for just the ride to the hospital. Get free health care already.

The right to bear arms? You don't need such a radical form of self defense. You wouldn't need guns to defend yourselves from other people with guns if they didn't have guns. When guns were legal here in Australia, they were swiftly banned nation wide after one massacre in Port Arthur. It's taken multiple tragedies in the US for states to start limiting gun usage rather than scrapping it completely. I would not want to live in a country where the fear of death is everywhere.

Do it like we do: outline rights through legislation and common law and dispute them in the judicary under an unlawful act rather than an unconsitutional act. We don't need to start a referendum every time we want to progress the wording of our rights.

Politically and economically, you guys are the worst of them all. You are not living in the land of the free, you are living in the land of the corrupt and the land of the puppeteers. I've seen some damn crazy politicians features in the news here that embarrass me so much I need to change the channel. How can such ignorant people be elected into parliaments? What's worse is that these polticians and Americans themselves are controlled by their corporations rather than taking a stand and trying to equalise wages and distribute wealth to better the lower class. Your police forces get away with murder during rampages and receive promotions for their valiant efforts. What's even more frustrating is that you guys try to infect us with your corruption by reaching out to our countries and other countries in attempt to influence them in favour of your laws. The Megaupload debacle comes to mind where he, despite not being a resident of the US, was nearly dragged to the US to be trialled, from what I would guess, unfairly, after doing nothing wrong during the whole process of arrest and denied his rights after the police, again, screwed up the process of detainment.

I hate how influential people think the US can be simply for being the US.

Lastly is your patriotism. If there's one thing I detest in the world it's being patriotic. Loving your country is one thing, but wanting to create an embodiment of it just so you can kiss its feet in love and respect? I hate the group-think mentality Americans have where, say, a soldier dies, and everyone must mourn that soldier for he defended our great country and he died honorably! I saw a Youtube video of an ex-armyman who died minutes after opting to buy some little kid who he didn't even know some lunch at a restaurant. The report was 75% explaining how he fought for the country during times of war and 25% of what actually happened. Has patriotism become such a necessary feature of being American that one cannot respect another without blabbing on about it? As Americans you have the right to be proud of yourselves but it doesn't have to be so damn rampant.

That's what I think of America off the top of my head. I can honestly find no positive of being American in comparison to being Australian. Everything about where I live, from the gap in wages, health care, politics ... I'd say you're a pretty corrupt country and you don't even realise how bad you have it.
Originally posted by Blumiere
I can honestly find no positive of being American in comparison to being Australian. Everything about where I live, from the gap in wages, health care, politics ... I'd say you're a pretty corrupt country and you don't even realise how bad you have it.

Look, I agree with everything you said about the US, but please, you're no better than us; get off your high horse, if you please.

Again, I do agree with you. This government is corrupt and I hate it so much. Big business actually gets a say in how it's run, simply because they have money...or at least, they THINK they do. Not sure if they actually do or not. That right there is just red flags to me. And then we get ridiculous things like SOPA, our votes actually being meaningless, etc. >_>

Also you kinda understated the patriotism. Plenty of people think the US flag MUST be put on the very top of the flagpole, above all other flags, and that by putting any other flag above it, you're saying that country is better than the US and you're a traitor. Utterly ridiculous.

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Originally posted by Eevee
Meh. I'm British and I wouldn't mind living in the US. I'd most likely want to live in one of the deserty states, like Nevada. America has many sights to see and stuff to do. So does England, but not on as large of a scale. Our landscapes aren't as varied; mostly fields, hills and forests, with the mountains being up North. America is very varied with just about any type of landscape.

I'm not fussed about politics, so I have no idea how it works over there.

Haha! If you do come to the U. S., come visit me in Mississippi! #w{=)}

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Like in my country, it have lots of corruption.

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Living in the USA, I really wish canada would just adopt pennsylvania as one of their own. I really love my state and dont wish to ever leave, but I really dont like this country. Pretty much everything blumiere said, (even if slightly exaggerated) is true. I'm not going to say it is a terrible place to live, I understand I could be much worse off, but I'd rather be living in the UK or Canada honestly. (Even though I understand they are not the best off either)

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