Americans are often criticized when they go abroad for being ignorant of other languages, cultures, and geography.
While some see it as a sign of arrogance, it's also a symptom of America’s physical isolation from the rest of the globe and its political and cultural dominance over the past century.
To put it simply: You probably don’t need to speak another language when almost everyone else speaks yours.
However, as a younger nation preoccupied with itself, America has yet to develop the self-awareness that older countries have had for centuries. Blinded by a misplaced sense of superiority, many Americans don't realize that some of the things we do are bizarre to people abroad.
Many are put off by our overzealous patriotism, expensive health care, violence, and gluttonous eating habits. While, conversely, they love our friendliness, creativity, and business savvy.
To help Americans develop a better sense of how the world sees them, Reddit user timetofeedthemonster asked non-Americans on the online forum: “What are some quirks Americans don't realize are super weird?
Here are 17 of the most eye-opening responses.
Your news stations and reporters telling people how to feel. Like when something bad happens the reporters will describe it as shocking and horrific and go on to talk about the emotional aspect of the event, etc often throwing in their own personal comments in between. I watch a lot of different news sources from a lot of different countries and America is the only country of seen where the news has a subjective aspect to it, rather than reporters simply objectively reporting current events
Also news stations blatantly having a political bias
— Reddit user, TheRealDTrump
2. Alcohol laws
Why are alcohol laws so strict? Having to be 21 to drink alcohol and being able to drive at 16 is just absurd in my opinion. Also why can't you enjoy a beer while going for a walk outside?
— Reddit user, MemeDeli
3. We're overly excited
Shouting "WOOO" every time something happens.
— Reddit user, ilvoitpaslerapport
You have like a 3" gap around all your bathroom stall doors for everyone to see in. It's like you may as well not bother with the doors all together.
— Reddit user, redisthemagicnumber
Keep paying your college studies until you are 40.. wtf
— Reddit user, OpeThO
6. Health care
Your health care system.
— Reddit user, MacLenski
7. Our legal system
Americans use suing as a threat. I heard a lot of stuff like "If that happened to me I'd sue their ass" from Americans and never from any other people. Do you really sue each other often?
— Reddit user, nothing_in_my_mind
8. Food portions
Been living in US for nine years now and the food portion sizes still baffle me. I mean, I'm down for leftovers anytime, but holy shit, they're still excessively large. Also, I don't understand why slippers haven't caught on. I mean, they're comfy af.
— Reddit user, Unheroic_
9. The pledge
Reciting the pledge of allegiance in schools. It feels like something right out of North Korea.
— Reddit user, ChickenInASuit
10. Our views on heritage
How you think you’re Italian and Irish if your great great great grandparents were.
Reddit user, NoviceCaprica
11. The volume of our voices
Why are American tourists so damn loud? They always act like nobody else can understand English.
— Reddit user, MemeDeli
12. Ass touching
American athletes slapping each others arses.
— Reddit user, JADO88-UK
13. Excessive patriotism
Flags everywhere. What, do you forget which country you are from?
— Reddit user, Stats_Sexy
14. Patriotic correctness run amok
How "un-American" is probably the worst insult possible.
— Reddit user, Hunter40505
15. The whole states thing
Most Americans answer with the state they're from when asked, instead of country. As if all American states are known worldwide. Most of you wouldn't have a clue if the rest of the world did the same.
— Reddit user, PhilNEvo
17. Over-indulgent Christmas decorations
Extreme X-MAS decorations.
— Reddit user, Neutrum