Here is the biggest difference between making friends in
But outside of
Therefore, outside of
Furthermore, friendships in the
And recently, a CNN report found that internet communications in
Also, in most countries neighbors are very close and share their private lives with each other. But in most of
Among foreigners, there is a common saying that in
And in workplace environments, coworkers tend to politely tolerate each other without becoming real friends or bonding with each other. Not always of course, but more so compared to other countries. During lunch breaks, for example, most office workers tend to go off alone and do their own thing. If they go eat with someone, it’s usually with one or two coworkers to the exclusion of the rest. But in other countries, such as
One reader noted to me:
A late good friend of mine from
And an East Indian friend of mine concurred, saying:
“Yes, very. I agree with your late peruvian friend in that I've found for the most part, most American's have a friendly manner that may or may not reflect how they really feel.
So someone coming here from another country (say
In India, it is rather different - people aren't as quick to smile and say hi, but they are much more likely to invite you home, or do other things that help cement friendships quicker than I've seen happen here in the US. I know that's generalizing, and I'm not an expert on cultural phenomena by any means, but there definitely is a discernable difference.
Just my .02”
Even an American traveler confessed to realizing these differences after having them explained to him in
“This is why we travel, right? To learn about our ideal selves? I hope you're doing that. Your observations are valid and your conclusions worth taking to heart. But let's not stop at simple America-bashing. I'm not proud to be American, nor am I ashamed. I just am. But I do my best, I try to change things that really bug me about our culture. It's easy to complain, but it doesn't do any good if I don't get out there and do something about it.
When I lived in
But I also learned that there are a lot of truly sincere and loyal people here, and I hope that I've become one myself.”