Have you ever wondered how people from other countries and cultures might perceive your behavior?
Well, if you're American, wonder no more! Reddit user u/jbyrd13 asked the Redditsphere to share some behaviors that are "distinctly American." And IDK about everyone else, but I'm feeling a wee bit self-conscious. Here are the top-rated responses:
1."The soft smiles you give to strangers if you make eye contact while walking past them do not go over so well in Germany."
2."Using only your fork to eat various foods. When I ate at people's places or at the dorms in the US, they’d use their forks to cut vegetables, lasagna, sausage, pasta, chicken, fish, etc. The only time I saw people using knives was for steak or tough meat. I felt bad having to ask for a knife all the time."
5."Being able to chant 'USA!' for no apparent reason."
6."Small talk with strangers. As much as we collectively like to complain about Americans in Europe, this is one of those things I wish we did a little more. I know, some of it is probably out of politeness but if I have to choose between waiting on a train station for an hour all alone or actually getting to know random new people, of course I prefer the latter."
8."When traveling to another part of the world, an American will ALWAYS say the city and/or state they’re from, not the country. We’ll be at a hostel and someone will ask where everyone’s from: 'Denmark, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Canada ... Sacramento, California.'”
11."Saying, 'How are you doing?' or 'How's it going?', etc. just means 'hello.' I've noticed non-Americans tend to think this is an invitation for them to share their life troubles while most Americans just use it as a greeting."