Blame it on...
Have you heard of the phrase "Midwest nice?" If so, is this a true statement about this area?
i've lived in the midwest my whole life, and i've met a crap load of douche bag assholes along the way, so no, not everyone in the midwest is nice. perhaps people aree nicer in general, but you'll find that pricks are in copious supply everywhere human beings live.
Interesting observation on the Canadians. From my experience with Canada I did notice this too, while in Toronto. Polite, but cool.There's a difference between being "nice" or "polite" (the word Americans use for the ice-blooded Canadians) and being "friendly".
very interesting observations.The term that is used quite a lot (and with seriousness) in my area is "Minnesota nice." Guess what state I live in But of course there is an ongoing discourse as to whether it is true, but I am of the belief that it's a load of cr*p. I grew up in Wisconsin, and have lived my adult life in Minnesota. Both these states were originally settled predominantly by Northern Europeans (Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, etc), so there are certain personality traits that are quite common (and of course different from the east coast).
I think the "nice" part of the phrase is, in actuality, an aloofness and stoicism -- the desire to avoid conflict, and therefore avoid eye contact with strangers. People are superficially "nice" to strangers because it's more convenient. Hope I don't sound too cynical here, because I do love Minnesota. And of course, the people are truly nice once you get to know them. It's just that if you're a stranger or outsider, chances are it'll take you a while to be accepted.