Top Ten Reasons People Think Americans Are Stupid

There are a great many wonderful inventions coming from the United States and many, many brilliant people behind them. Odds are, you found this site after performing a search on an American search engine, powered by American servers, created by students who attended an American University. You're also likely viewing the site using a web browser created by Americans running on an operating system produced by an American company. Even this site is hosted using a US created server operating system in a server room offered by an American company.

But all of that seems inconsequential compared to the growing sentiment around the world that all American are idiots. Just watch a single episode of Top Gear and you're bound to find at least one example of the hosts going out of their way to insult American intelligence.

In all fairness, sentiments like this rarely appear out of nowhere. There are definitely characteristics of the United States that paint Americans in a bad light that are listed below. But before you start spouting off about how "all Americans" are this or do that, bear in mind that the United States is a country of over 300 million people stretching across 6 time zones. For every racist, inbred, obese, Bible-thumpin' nitwit, there is and educated, rational, enlightened, well-meaning citizen to balance them out. Now if we could just get Americans to stop voting the former into office.

The Top Ten

1 A clown like Donald Trump is in the race for president

If he wins I'm building a bunker! America, please. You can not be seriously considering this blabbering fool to run your country. He's a businessman and a genuine capitalist and you guys think this will help you? Ask yourselves again what you think happens when a businessman and a capitalist that is probably also quite an egoist will do. Who will he think of firstly? I predict he will make it a lot easier for his own companies to pay less tax, to pay less salaries to their employees and so on.

You also think it's a good idea to kick out 6million people doing all the work yourselves would never touch? Who will clean up? He claims he will hit down hard on countries trying to make a buck in the US. Well lucky you! Go have business with yourselves then! Your only ally under Trump as president will be Russia. Fine with me! Import their onions and beetroot for all I care. He wants to build walls. This is the only place I agree with him. In fact, I'll even go further. Extend the walls ...more

He's not even qualified for the job. A clown who can't even cut his own hair correctly for President? Seriously. The only thing he does is talk. What is he really gonna do when he expects he can solve every problem in America on his own without even having a proper education? Nonsense. So you want some moron to lead out country into a war we can't win and our allies against us? For what, his lies? Who want to live in a country where a man dismisses women like their his own pets and thinks Blacks and the Spanish are thugs, rapist, and idiots who can't think for themselves? I'll be laughing so hard when I hear theirs another Civil War because of his stupidity as I watch Americans rip themselves apart.

It is amazing to think that the US elected such an incoherent, pathologically serial-lying, inept, totally experienced, racist, misogynistic, homophobic clown. Actually, the problem isn't him so much as it is the undemocratic system that enabled him to be elected despite losing the popular vote and the tens of millions of ignorant and educated Americans who voted for him!

Electing someone who have no political experience and political knowledge is very stupid but also very dangerous. Donald Trump won the election because of his " popular attitude ". The great danger of this is that such persons have many irrational ideas about politics which can be put in practice because of his " power " ( given by the people who elected him as president ) and therefor a great danger for the entire world. " Make America great again "? What does that really mean? America was build on crimes ( the extention of the native population, slavery in its most vicious way which gived the wealth and economic power to the US, Wilson who wiped out in the 20's rights of the working class, etc... ). American history is all about racism, corruption, crimes ( labor movements, civil rights movements, gay-right movements etc... have fought from the 20's till now their rights in horrible times ). So, what does mean " great again "? Horrible times based on racism ( maybe that's why during ...more

2 Americans elected George W. Bush, TWICE!

Okay, Bushes reputation is bad but saying that he's downright the worst US president ever is probably just a bit over exaggerated. I honestly don't believe a lot of the 911 conspiracies but with all the pointless wars directly after with Iraq and Afghanistan, it became pretty obvious that we needed someone else. It's honestly just unbelievable just how flawed the 2004 election was.

His 2nd term really piled up at the end.
Outside Hurricane Katrina in which Bush could've definitely acted quicker, 2005 and 2006 honestly really weren't that bad but even still, we were showing some sings for a market crash and it really started to kick up during the spring-summer part of 2007. If anything, the recession of 2008 left a pretty bad hurt on the economy in decades. He also had some secret action in the prison system and torturing whoever was a suspected terrorists with

If anything, even outside these issues, I still really wouldn't necessarily go as far as to say that W Bush ...more

Was too young to vote for him. The people that did are complete idiots.

George W. Bush ruined the republican party. He lead to having Donald Trump as president or the republican voters stupid enough to elect Donald Trump in the primaries. The only real good thing I think of George W. Bush is against Donald Trump. I suffer not getting driving lessons. It's a waiting list for behind the wheel with private driving schools and longer waiting lists for special needs for many reasons.

Finally! A political list that I can agree with (one that is not biased)! After all, that 2003 invasion of Iraq George W. Bush commanded only served to lead to ethnic conflict in the Middle East and lead to the rise of ISIS! Not to mention he caused an economic recession! And he left this whole mess for Barack Obama to clean, with him acting as the scapegoat for America's current problems. If George W. Bush can't be number 1 on Top 10 Worst United States Presidents, then he can be number 1 on this list. Congratulations, George W. Bush. Let's hope the next president we elect will take off from where Barack Obama went with the choices he made to fix the problems George W. Bush caused. P.S. George W. Bush ruined this country FIRST, not Barack Obama. This is me and my right to freedom of speech.

3 American arrogance

The world hates hearing from Americans how great America is. So many Americans tout the United States as the greatest country on earth and expect everyone else to agree, but everyone else is asking themselves "best at what? ". Sure there are still areas where the United States is a world leader such as in military strength, but are those really enough to make the claim of greatest country? Especially when the US is lagging behind in life expectancy, infant mortality, education, and overall happiness.

You could argue that it is this arrogance that engenders the most hate around the world but it is also the thing that is holding the United States back. So many Americans are so thoroughly convinced the American way is the best way that they refuse to look at the world around them. It takes true arrogance and stupidity to see someone else get better results than you are but refuse to try to adopt their methods.

Well I'm American, and I don't think America is the greatest country. ( For example, America Destroyed TWO CITIES with NUCLEAR POWER in WWII, and there shouldn't be a greatest country because all countries are great ( unless there not doing well). Besides, I know a lot of stuff ( I know all of the worlds countries, obscure bands, etc) No offense but I don't like the stereotyping of America. Just saying.

When talking to American citizens, they know nearly nothing about things happening in other parts of the world. I'm not talking serious world issues such as war, I mean smaller things that people should know. I'm from Canada, and our country is beautiful-in both the winter and the summer. However, when Americans were asked their opinion on their Canadian neighbours, many responded that it would be a lovely place to visit if you enjoy snow and cold. Many believed that all Canadians lived in igloos. This just showed how close minded they were to other places. All the news they focus on is their own, and they believe that their country is the best when really the US lacks a lot that other countries thrive with.

I grew up in Boston and then went to university in Montreal and have lived there for 3 years now. After living in Canada for so long I have really come to see the us in a new light. People really are stupid! I mean I come home and try to explain things to my friends and families and they just tell me that "socialism won't work in the us", "the work ethic In America is stronger because we aren't socialist". I mean seriously? The work ethic in Canada or other dem soc countries is worse than in the us? They also tend to think about critical issues in policies strictly in terms of America. It's like they all live in a bubble. And forget trying to talk politics with an American, all they do is argue because they can't think rationally enough to have a decent debate/conversation about controversial issues. They also are too stubborn to learn from the opinions of others. I really hate visiting home...

In this list of top 10 we are referring to people in the United States as Americans. This is a prim example of the arrogance we have about ourselves and why other countries hate us. No person in the United States says, "I'm American" and is referring to the fact that he is part of two large continents including many other countries that are American also. They are referring to the fact that live in the United States. We not only thing we are the greatest at everything, we are so narcissistic that we don't even care to know about about other countries. "We're just the greatest and that's it, everyone else might as well be Kenya." stupid people we are!

4 A higher percentage of Americans do not believe in evolution than almost all other first world nations

I mean, seriously - what is up with that? I know not all Americans are stupid, just like any other place on Earth... But come on creationists, why not vacate the bronze age and join us here in the 21st Century? Jeez... Evolution is as much of a fact as gravity. Get over it.

They don't believe it because it's barely taught. The fundamentalist Christians control a lot of money and those with the money control policy, and words. They control how it's talked about. They make it should so stupid that a person could have evolved form a small mouse like creature that survived the dinosaur period. The leaders talk about it like evolution happens over night, they say, "look at a mouse, we are not mice. We look nothing like mice." and then they go into how god created us and some virgin had a kid and he was god, but not really god his dad was god, god just controlled his sons actions and then God had his son killed to forgive all the bad mistakes he had made in the couple thousand years prior to that when he was kind of a more bipolar god of war and punishment and because he duked the first two of his creations into eating an apple so he killed his son to make sure we know know that we don't have to kill things to bring him his praises anymore. Something like ...more

Care if their laughable president is a liar and a bigot as they agree with him

This seems to be the only country in which some Christians do not recognize that Old testament has been replaced by New testament. I would almost call it "radical" Christianity. Jesus Christ would turn in his grave to see how his followers hate, discriminate and misuse religion, just what he was fighting against and what he died for. Middle ages are over and there are actually open minded Christians in other countries, it is unbelievable how can people using this ideological craziness call themselves Christians. It went so far that now new pope seems to be enemy of some "so called Christians" who do not like his return to the original Christian roots where Jesus was taking care of poor, giving people hope, fighting against people using religion to enrich themselves and all the hate which in now open in the name of Christianity. I am appalled. Anyone should watch movie "Luther" and do some soul searching. Now people quote Old testament to justify their hate of LGBT community (my ...more

5 The United States is the only first world nation without universal health care

Hey idiot American... you have government funded military (too funded if you ask me), schools, transportation, police, etc. , but it is funding a system that helps each and every citizen that takes the country from being "the land of the free" to being a Communist state? Really? Wake up and smell the propaganda. It's insane that so many Americans have bought into the idea that universal health care is an attack on their freedoms. The rest of the world is laughing at you and your stupidity.

"The original definition for government is the basic and I mean basic necessities. That means food and water, shelter, and lastly protection of all threats. No where in there did I mention a trillion dollar entitlement society that has now grown into this. Universal healthcare is a bad idea, it slows down the medical process because it leaves the doctors at the mercy of congress and they are notoriously expedient and decisive. Wise up folks, do some research, this stuff is nasty.

It is not the job of the (American) government to provide for your health care."

Encore! - Juan-Luis

Being the land of the free should come with an asterisk. It should also state that you need to make a lot of money so you can afford to by health insurance. And if that doesn't happen to happen they you are still free to live in the streets and find whatever herbal medicines you can find to treat yourself. So Stupid that we put our selfs in groups in the United States. They should take the United part out of the Untied states and just start calling us Survival of the richest States. How do people not care that their "brothers" and "sisters" are not able to get something so basic of need as medical treatments, exams, etc. It's so Stupid!

Not only is the American system uneconomic but it produces the worst outcomes in terms of healthcare. Americans spends more than any other country on healthcare and yet in a world ranking index their healthcare outcomes are rated as 79th. Yet despite these facts, they still crow on about how their system is best. Idiots!

Worst of all and also the proof that they are stupid is that they think that a social Healthcare is a socialist government involvement. Social healthcares are different institutions ( you have the choice to pay your contribution to your institution you prefer ) that take care of the Healthcare funds ( and not the government ). Some institutions are linked with non-ruling political ideas and some are completely neutral. The contribution is equal ( whatever institution you choose ) and everybody can afford it. Also, the institutions are not based on " Insurance politics " ( the more you pay your Insurance the more you get ). Another reason why Americans are stupid ( or at least a great majority of them ) is that they really think that their system is the best ( just because they think that they are free to pay or not wanting to pay an Insurance ).

6 American’s scores on standardized tests are falling when compared to the rest of the world

I am a Chinese American and most of my family had their education in China. In China, the system has definitely changed a lot since the 1960s and yes, the Chinese are known for being some of the smartest people in the world. However, how do you define smartness? Test scores? Government policies? Ability to recall knowledge from books? Decision-making? Well, the Chinese are book smart which makes them good scientists, engineers, etc. Well folks, I've got news for you. America has a lot of scientists too and we are considered number one in terms of science and technology with China not too far behind. It is true when we say that the Chinese aren't good leaders because look at the Chinese culture and education: Memorize, repeat, follow the authority, etc. In that culture, you can't challenge authority, let alone impose your own. Oh, and for appreciation, in general, White American kids do appreciate things well because look at Chinese tiger moms who can't even appreciate an A- on a test ...more

I personally believe that intelligence should be judged in more ways than math or science or language arts (this is coming from a straight student). Someone might be a amazing musician and have the ability to multiple instruments but if they aren't making good grades they're considered stupid.

All I'm trying to say is that just because Americans aren't making as good of scores on standardized tests as they used too they should not be considered unintelligent simply because of this fact. Some people are smarter in other things outside of what you're taught in school.

This is true, I'm not sure why it has negative votes. One student was told to be sent to the doctor because the school thought something was wrong with her. What was that? She liked dancing. You may not succeed in math, but it doesn't mean you can't be a great artist. You may not thrive in science, but you may become the next Freddie Mercury. Who knows? Also, grades are not always accurate. My grade is struggling in my math class because I lost work, but I understand it well. Kids in my class cheat on tests and get As without understanding the subject. - pandagirl

That's because they give us too many stupid test and act like our grades reflect our intelligence. Most students are put under a lot of pressure especially with standardized testing which effects their performance. To top it all off the U.S has a new way of teaching kids called "Common Core" which is beyond stupid. (Thank God Texas doesn't have it. It's the only state that doesn't by the way) I'm a straight A student and I struggle with my little brothers homework because of how stupid and different Common Core is. I also don't think it's fair to base American intelligence off of a few stupid test scores. I mean, late stop and think about this who invented Apple out of their garage? A few Americans. (But I thought all of us were dumb) Who invented Google!?!?! Umm... just a few Americans. So stop basing our intelligence off of test scores because that's not an accurate depiction of how smart we really are and can be.

This is really true. As an U.S. citizen, most of our algebra is done in calculators. Our teacher demonstrates to us how to type in the equations to get the answer. This is ridiculous. No traditional work unless it's slope. Needless to say, I'm enrolled in a CHARTER school which teaches primarily STEM and (more specifically) is also a school of SCIENCE & ENGINEERING.

7 Americans elected Barack Obama, TWICE!

He is a great president. That's my opinion.

Obama is rated as the 18th greatest president of USA, he inherited the Bush legacy, he came into officewith 2 wars on 2 continents, a Bush created budget deficit, gas was 5 dollars a gallon, now it is 1.87 a gallon,attempt to create Universal Health care derailed by the republican sissies in this country. Most Americans are stupid conformists for one can not underestimate the power of a group of stupid Americans.

Thank you! I'm a liberal and it's been so hard to find a list where Barack Obama is rightfully appreciated for all the right choices he has made. It's just that Republicans won't let Obama undo the damage to this country. That's why he had to use executive orders since the Democrats can't pass bills since Republicans would not approve of them! Pretty sad that a lot of popular users on TheTopTens hate him.

Our issues have little to do with who our president is. It's our outdated and corrupt system that is the joke. Our Constitution was supposed to be amended as times and the world changed but like everything here the money grubbing and corruption took over everything too fast. That and the only people that want to be in our government are those that demand things are done only their way. Our brightest and best are never politicians.

Barack is a incredible man that changed the landscape of American politics. He showed that there are some level headed people who can see a good leader and put them in office. I'm Canadian and id happily have him as my PM! Barack Rocks!

8 Americans don't know much about countries outside of America

Full disclosure: I am American, and I am going to critique the following comment.

"After asking 10 Americans where Glasgow was. One private schooled well educated guy chirped up and was certain it was in Norway"

I'll start by saying, for one, this entire point is pretty ridiculous and broad. The general generic tone of this statement was set up to entice such comments as yours.

Think about what you're actually saying. (For whatever weird reasoning you had) You asked 10 Americans where Glasgow was, according to your vague statement we have to assume no Americans got that "correct." During this interaction you apparently also asked the Americans how educated they were(which is incredibly rude & pretentious after giving them, a presumably, unwanted pop quiz) and one bragged about their education only to get it wrong.

Well, for starters, if I asked you where Madison was, without cheating, you would have no idea where that was. You supposedly sampled ...more

After asking 10 Americans where Glasgow was. One private schooled well educated guy chirped up and was certain it was in Norway

Americans are dumb because they think everyone should know the state names and compare it with not knowing the country names. Fun fact: state is not country.

I'm having A recent distaste for Americans.
Most of it being pertinent to the propaganda and nationalism that they involve themselves in. Americans are one of the worst ranking first world countries apart from military, and thus most of it's budget is focused on having a large military.
Besides that unrelated topic, I've met way too many Americans that seem to think that countries outside of their's don't function-or function like mad max. It's increasingly frustrating to hear such a loud minority getting much louder on the internet. Not to mention so many Americans don't know anything outside of their country
(an American literally asked me if Australia and New Zealand are the same place when I went to go visit over there) and nothing is more infuriating than hearing a tourist say "wow this place/country is a lot more advanced than I thought"- of course coming out of a middle aged white lady that has 8 out of control kids and a barely functioning marriage

I just ...more

9 Americans shoot each other at an alarming rate

This gun issue has got to be atop the list. When given the option of a very promising possiblity to save thousands of lives or being given the right to shoot @$#% these knuckleheads choose the right to shoot stuff every time. It's not even debatable in the US. 20 small children are shot, while at school and the best argument against guns is to "maybe ban assault rifles? " Stupid! Even stupider is the small percentage of American's that believe this Sandy hook elementary shooting along with all the other mass shoots that have happened in US are actually a hoax. They really truely believe that the government wants there guns so bad they are hiring actors to act out these horrific events to get people to change their minds on guns. So Stupid! Lastly, these same people who love there guns so much, so much that they would rather have their guns when knowing thousands of people in the US are going to die form them each year, these are the same people the are so so so against abortions. Is ...more

I'm very pro gun, but it is ridiculous how much hatred there is in this country. Shoot a guy for $43 dollars, shoot a man for texting in the theater, shoot a man for being elected president, shoot a man for not selling you drugs, shoot a man for smack talking, shoot a man because he has different views... It is all pretty ridiculous. There is only one reason to ever shoot anybody, and that is if he is endangering other people.

I first had the high rate of gun ownership here, but had to change that because it is not gun ownership that is really the issue. There are other countries that are even more armed than the US. The issue is that Americans use those guns on each other more than any other countries save those actively at war (counting drug wars).

And even that is only a part of the problem. People shooting each other is stupid. Americans who insist in defiance of all reason and rationale that guns keep them safe and are a God given right are the other part.

Thousands upon thousands killed in the US. That is sheer stupidity. In countries where gun ownership is banned, shootings are a rare occurrence.

10 A higher percentage of American population is incarcerated than in any other first world nation

It's a staggering problem and even though no one really knows how to fix it, the fact that it got so out of hand in the first place must be indicative of some level of incompetence.

American society is made to keep you down once you're down. One wrong choice and you'll never be able to function in society due to a black mark so your only choice is to go back in the system

It's because the penal system isn't designed to reform. It is a source of cheap labor for a corrupt system.

True. And our war on drugs has made it exponentially worse too. Non violent people people that commit no crimes other than doing what some say is bad get their lives ruined. Half our presidents have had substance abuse issues yet we toss our otherwise harmless folks in prison for it. If only harming yourself I don't care if you smoke or inject or snort pig. Rapists and murderers commonly do less jail time than many non violent people.

Where the heck are you people getting all of your facts from? In making your judgments, how did you set up your experiments to arrive at your conclusions? What was your sample size in interviewing the average american? from where did you interview these people?

How do you judge 319 million people as being the same? Sounds like all of you have a lot of growing up to do and have a lot to learn about america and its people. From the comments on here, the rest of the world is uninformed, because everything said on this site is all lies and completely false. Stop the hatred and false judgment please and lets all try to understand each other a little better and get along.

From, a parent who thinks your parents failed in raising you as decent human beings.

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11 Haven't switched to the metric system

The metric system can switch by tens, hundreds, thousands, which is mostly by zeros. And metric units have many connections to each other.

The metric system is actually simple.

When the metric system was introduced in France during the French Revolution the mathematician Condorcet said " It's for all people for all time ". Many countries followed at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century ( Holland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain... ). Even Latin America adopted the metric system! The United States did not follow based on the following grounds, the cost ( typical American ) and the inconvenience of the change over. But American science had to adapt since important scientefic discoveries were made. One of them is the atomic weight based on the metric system ( the mole ). So, in this era of modern science it's almost becoming retarded to stick and to still learn the imperial system at schools. Every country had followed at time but because of their " money and time " issue are the United States still using the old ( and now almost obsolete ) system.

This is a really big deal for me. I live in The United States and I refuse to understand the imperial system because it is just too confusing. I'd much rather prefer that we followed the metric system.

12 America thinks they have the right to solve the worlds problems, all while they can't even solve their own.

So true. We stick our nose into every countries business yet our country is a joke. Our government fails badly in everything it tries except starting wars.

I don't think Americans even know how much their country is messing with everyone else's business. And this is coming from Serbia, so I guess you might be able to tell why I have such an opinion. Unless you are from America.

Thanks to our past few crappy presidents, and by the looks of it, we aren't going to have a respectable leader in a while.

Just look at wars like Korea, Vietnam... Thousands of Americans killed for something that was not of their business.

13 Obesity rates in the United States lead to people thinking Americans are lazy and stupid

Not all Americans are fat, in fact, most aren't. But there are more obese Americans by percentage than there are in almost every other country in the world.

Obesity is linked to a lack of physical activity. A lack of physical activity implies laziness. Laziness often seems to align with stupidity. After all, weight management is a very simple formula - eat less, exercise more, lose weight. You'd have to be an idiot not to realize that.

The truth is that Americans are not lazy. In fact, they work more hours per year than most other countries including Japan, Korea, and the UK. But they are fat, no getting around that.

Actually Mexico just passed us. As of July 2014, half of the Mexican population is obese - greatesttop10s

If you actually took the time to visit smaller towns, you'd realize that America is diverse and full of kind, caring people. There are a few bad apples, but every country has them. Just because you visited LA and New York doesn't mean you REALLY know us Americans. Contrary popular belief, we do not constantly eat Mcdonalds. I know lots of people who hate that fake "restaurant." I refuse to eat there, and my family rarely goes out for dinner. We make our own food. We buy eggs from a family friend who owns chickens, and often get tomatoes from another friend. We have our own concord grapes, and it's quite common to grow strawberries, or your own tomatoes in your backyard. I'm really skinny, and so is most of my family. Before you judge, take the time to really look at Americans.

So America can't change because it's too big? Canada is bigger (yes we are - look it up) and we changed. And we have an awful lot of road signs out in the middle of nowhere that needed to be changed. Done. Canada is awesome. Also we have standardized bridge heights. Just saying.

People in America still seem to think that being obese is the fault of the individual. Try telling them that it's actually the fault of the marketing of unhealthy sugary foods (especially to children) and a consumer society based around consuming more and more and more because it will make you happy, it doesn't work! They're not the brightest individuals when it comes to thinking critically about these issues...maybe because they've been manipulated by the system for so Long, who knows.

14 The United States is behind the curve in regard to racial equality

Sure, the US elected a black president. But the fact that it was such a big deal is more evidence that the United States is still racially charged than it is color blind. So go ahead and celebrate your newfound acceptance, but don't forget that it is the 21st century and an alarming number of people believe that Obama is an African born Muslim... and far more importantly... that this is somehow a bad thing.

I was surprised when I moved to the US some 5 years ago and found out people still caught up in black/white thing. I thought I was going to the greatest country in the world that has moved past race. Even when you apply for a job, go to the hospital, etc, people are made to fill out this form that asks what race they are. Very weird.

Recently, when singer and actress Rebecca Ferguson was invited to play Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, she agreed to do so on condition she could perform the song " Strange fruit " ( a song made famous by Billie Holiday and later Nina Simone that was inspired by the double lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in the thirties. A third victim, James Cameron, escaped and later founded America's Black Holocaust museum ). She was promptly disinvited, proof that the song retains its shocking unsettling potency and that the ideas about racism aren't much changed in the United States. Google or Bing it up, you will see that my sources are 100% true facts.

The racist president that they elected proves it. Building walls at the border of Mexico, kicking out immigrants etc... Taxing import products for foreign countries just to be sure that you will be forced to buy American products only... Worst of all, Americans ( at least a majority ) are proud of the decisions of a racist president like Donald Trump.

15 Americans are obsessed with social media

This here, is the most underrated choice, and the reason why the first option is voted. Why is Trump an "idiot? " Because Americans are ignorant people who do nothing but look at social media when you would have a much better time understanding by actually paying attention to all the speeches. The average American shouldn't be trusted with politics if we keep going down this path.

You mean brainwashed by and with social media. The powerful of the world couldn't ask for better, now they can control each and everyone.

I HATE the Social Media Obsession and it has Ruined the way people interact

That's not really true and not all Americans are obsessed with social media. Some non American are obsessed with social media, some not.

16 American don't know about their own country

Actually there's an interview by the group " The Cramps " on YouTube where they are saying that Europeans knows more about American music ( rockabilly, rock and roll, mid-sixties garage punk ) than the Americans. It's maybe a little bit out of context here but it shows or seems that a great percentage of Americans don't know much about their own cultural and social history of their country.

You need current events and all other things are meaningless? How can you understand current things if you don't know anything about social events of the past, popular knowledge of culture that changed the country on a social scale ( music, art, literature... )? Knowing about your own country is not only just know about what is happening now. I agree with the first comment when a music group ( even if you don't care about the group ) says that oddly enough Europeans know more about America than Americans do. They mean ( I saw the interview on YouTube ) that Europeans understand the background of what they are doing now. In other words, they understand the current thing because they know the history of it.

Just saying, "don't" is correct. It's just that there should be an "s" on American so it is pluralized and consistent with the rest of the statements. But then again, nobody has ever expected an American to know much about the king's English. It's not so much that Americans are stupid, it's that they think they know a hell of a lot more than they do and are unwilling accept the fact that they don't.

The war of 1812 happened america. Get over it.

17 50% of the population thinks the earth is 6,000 years old

Funny but sad that it's true. That's because we ignore facts that go against what we believe or were told as kids. For instance most of us will say Christopher Columbus "discovered" America even though he never stepped foot on North American soil and if he did there was millions of people living there at the time anyway. We are told many ridiculous lies as kids and in school and never apply any thought to whether they make even basic sense.

This is completely false I don't know anyone who believes this if you do you are an idiot.

I've met over 3,000 people. I only knew 1 person who believed this

Um... Seriously. Come on Americans are you that stupid?

18 Americans are greedy towards petroleum products

Americans are the ones who don't want to invest in hybryd or electric cars and vehicles for the future. Americans are the ones who don't want to do anything about global warming and who want to keep pollution of the planet. So, yes, they are greedy because progressive ideas or plans about new energy economics don't interest them. Oh, yes, there is Donald Trump who came with the idea to build the wall on the Mexican border ( only if the Mexicans are paying for it ) with solar panels ( but only for the benefit of Americans ) so that they can show to the world that they care about alternative energies. Talking about a stupid american " progressive " arrogant and racist idea. It's all about the mighty dollar for greedy billionaires who wants more " here and now in MY lifetime " dollars. Greedy billionaires and rulers who don't care about long-term actions and who are trying to convince the less fortunate Americans that their plans will and are the best plans for the economy and the ...more

Not only petroleum products, but I think they have a general tendency to be wasteful. Many Americans have no concept of the production process, to get a product from its raw state to a finished product, and the effect this process has on the environment.

People here not having any knowledge in Economics thinks anything can just be made out of thin air practically. Just look at Fallout. They had inefficient machines and look where that landed them.

We just need a lot cause we have the 3rd biggest population and we are one of the leading countries in engineering. We are not the top for sure but we are up there. But spew do tend to be wasteful and I try to cut as much wasting as I can. Just a small part I play in the world.

19 Americans brag a lot about their country

We brag so much about how great our own country is, we don't even look at other countries. For instance...

Japan is experiencing, and has been experiencing, very little inflation and corruption. Meanwhile in america... I think everyone and their mother knows what's going on.

Every time they say "God bless America", I feel pity for them in a bad way.

They really think that they have everything and that other countries besides their own still lives in pre-wwII conditions. They think that they are the most advanced country in technology, culture etc.. but if you go outside their big cities in the United States of America you will find the dumbest people on earth.

As tourist, Americans are seen in other countries as visiting brats, expecting to be treated as royalty because they are spending money while putting down the customs and traditions of the countries they visit.

20 They take drugs

The problem with this is that we have access to almost anything we want. This would be better if our correction facilities were more affective. There was a study done on rats that determine that one of the best ways not to be addicted to something is to have more human interaction. Humans want to be attached to something, wether it be people... or drugs. When the study was don the first time, the scientist put the rats in solitary cages with water laced with cocain and some plain water. The rats soon got addicted to the laced water and soon over dossed. When another scientist did it a second time, he put the rats in a cage with other rats, slides, food, and the rats could mate all they wanted. Basically a rat resort. He put the two types of water into the cage and almost all of the rats never became addicted and a very small percentage of the rats ever over dossed. Our correction facilities are like the solitary cages, so we need to create a correction system that is more like the rat ...more

What is even a "drug"? I think one important problem with drugs (in the world) that is rarely talked about is government dishonesty. Governments try so hard to keep people off drugs, they end up exaggerating, demonizing and lying about them. Plus they put them all in the same basket as if they were all the same. So, when somebody eventually tries some drug and sees it wasn't that bad (or truly good), they begin to try harder stuff until they find a bad one (meth/heroin) and they are gone. Drugs are just a tool, like any other, and as such can be used for good or stupidly.

There are many studies about the psychological effects of psychoactives, mainly LSD and mushrooms that show the overwhelming positive effects they can have... of course that would cut off on profits from Prozac (right Bayer?). just search for "lsd psychological studies".

On the first comment about the rats experiments ; your view on the experiments has some good points but is wrong. First of all, surprising as it may seem at this time of modern scientific miracles, it is not known why the human body becomes physical addicted to some drugs. There are literally dozens of mechanisms and explanations. The leading explanation is the homeostatic theory ( the body tries to maintain equilibrium ). The parts of the body that are affected with the drug compensate for it after those parts become used and tolerant to having it present. One of the most important part is of course our brain which has a MFB ( Medial forebrain bundle ) that gives us the rewards and has the PVS ( Peri-Ventricular system ) that gives us the " punition ". In a human society there are the fundamental aggression based on hierarchies, different classes, social promotions, domination etc... The rats on the other hand were all equal in the cage ( they all had the same reward ). In ...more

This doesn't point towards stupidity, what points towards stupidity is that we put people in 'correctional facilities' for months, or even years, for having drugs in their possession, even though the correctional facilities don't help them at all!

21 They elected Donald Trump as new president

Ugh. It took me decades and a pandemic to really "get" my fellow Americans. I'm embarrassed to be associated with the vast majority of them. They're a misshapen bunch of blathering, deviant, dangerous bogan lunatics, and I'm totally dispirited.

The country is ruled by billionaires ( most people hired by Donald Trump in the very top are billionaires ) and nobody else counts. 70% of Americans ( and voters ) are disfranchised and their representatives ( President Donald Trump and his yes-staff ) pay no attention in the 70% people's attitudes and preferences just because they don't know anything about being disfranchised. How to maintain supporting the people they're kicking in the face is in fact their only concern. American democracy is beginning to look like an oligarchy thanks to Donald Trump. Politicians and people all over the world are really laughing ( with his stupid tweets that are sometimes very offensive ) at this elected clown without any political knowledge. Political world issues ( or even political national issues ) is not like " making deals " for realestates. Is this really the rolemodel to represent their country that Americans want? Is that what makes America great? " I punch you back ten times harder when ...more

A man who denies global warming isn't a man who can be taken serious. Saying that it is a hoax of China ( when in reality it became a worldwide topic since American Al Gore's documentary " An incovenient truth " ) is just a hoax of him to cut down the Chinese economy. Also Cars like Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and so many others who are now trying to focus on electric and hybrid models in favor of their Diesel models are being criticised by Donald Trump and he has already the idea not to import their models anymore. If this man will continue his stupid ideas America will soon be forced to buy only American products ( but which will also lower down American export products. Outside America social -economic countries are not gonna incline to Trump's imposing ideas. Believe me! When his time as president will be finished America will fall into a economic crisis ( thanks to his irrational ideas to cut out other economic import-export countries ) and then America will pay the price. They really ...more

One of his ideas was to build a wall at the border of Mexico to stop illegal immigration. I don't know of that idea was just a stunt to win some voters or not but if he put that idea really in practice it's for sure that their will be non-stop manifestations all over the country. Another idea of him was to renew the infrastructure of roads, Streets, bridges, tunnels etc... This will give a boost to the economy, true, but then again, so did Hitler in Germany ( he was the one who had the idea to build highways in Germany to increase the economy ). Is Donald Trump the new Adolf Hitler? Infrastructure-workings to help the economy and little by little beginning to stop foreigners giving access to start a life in the United States? Let's see how the future will be, but I have personnaly a bad feeling about him as new president.

22 Americans don't understand what Socialism means

Socialism doesn't mean government involvement. Socialism is a political movement that strives at equality for social issues or problems. For instance, social Healthcare against the unfair " Healthcare Insurance ". This means that everybody should pay a equal contribution ( every month or every three months, depends ) and the contributions will go to a social fund afterwards. Whoever is sick, go to a doctor, needs an operation or medications, it's the fund that will take charges of the bill without affecting your contribution that you have to pay anyway. Because of the equality of the system, the contribution is the same for everybody ( poor people can afford to pay it ). Most Americans thinks that socialism is related to communism. It was related for a moment ( in the past ) till they separated from communism for political disagreement and so socialism became democratic socialism.

Actually, Socialism is EXACTLY that. Government involvement in the economy. Can you name me one Socialist country that has anything close to a free market? Don't know where you got your definition from. - Alpha101

To the response of Alpha101. My response or comment was based on a comment of Top Tenner Slayerite "...means more government involvement ". I should have written ( my mistake ) that Socialism doesn't mean " more " government involvement. About my definition. The Karl Marx theory of socialism was based on dialectic materialism as opposed to Hegel's absolute idealism. In dialectic materialism there are conflicts between economic classes. After feudalism we came in a new these : the Industrial employers of capitalism. This these will generate a antitheses ; the proletarian class ( working class ). The syntheses that will come out of this conflict is in Marx's view socialism. This view is now considered as absolute socialism. To stop this conflict which generates inequality between the classes it is necessary to maintain a equilibrium of economic productivity trough socialism otherwise there will be in time only very rich and very poor classes left. A rich class system ...more

People do not know what ito means but when hearing the word will go into a frenzy!

Just because they do not know what socialism really is ( they think it's soviet communism ) or means, is the reason why they will never have a proper working Healthcare, why they're electing a clown like Donald Trump, why immigration is almost seen as a crime, why... do I need to go on?

23 They discriminate against immigrants applying for jobs

OK. For those who do no discriminate, can you please give me a chance? I have corporate management experience from Europe, I was Sales District Manager, Business Development Manager, I did wholesale financing, worked by way up. I was trained by American Corporation in Europe in several countries, I have business degree from Europe (Masters in Business, International Business, started to work on PhD in Management before I came here. I am fluent in English, I sent hundreds of resumes and after 16 years here nobody was interested in hiring me except of low paid administrative jobs offered to me. I live in Palm Beach County, Florida. I learn quickly, I have no problem to switch to other area of expertise. I have been working since I came to this country two jobs, got my Broker's real estate license (studying here is extremely easy for me), I have no problems with math, anything other people have problems with, but so far even when I mentioned that I would export cars (in the days when ...more

My father has 50 years of experience with different countries. From Wake Island to Vietnam-in-war to Nigeria, my father is an expert. And who did they hire? The fresh white local who has no experience.

I still don't get why America does that. No baby is born racist, we are taught that from our parents and our peers. No baby is born saying a white baby is white and an African American baby is African American! We are all taught that and it is a very hard cycle to break.

The funny thing is that they are all descendants of immigrants.

24 Americans are falling more and more away from God

I'm hoping they fall from "God" quicker. Americans don't even know what being a Christian means anyway. They use Christianity for something to hide behind when they've just committed yet another sin. Half the time they wouldn't even realise whether what they've done is a sin or not.

I am not Christian. I never have been and I never will be. Is that a bad thing? You know, we have freedom of religion for a reason. I shouldn't be criticised for not being Christian. I am not an atheist. I do think there is a greater force on this planet, but I don't think it is a specific one. The greater being is tasked with being what you need it to be. It can not change reality, yet it can comfort those in need of it and help clear the mind. I guess I don't have a religion really.

That doesn't have anything to do with stupidity. Spirituality is different from education. Plus, you don't have to be a Christian to do good in school.

This shouldn't concern the world. Religion blows and your God isn't real.

25 Americans are too close-minded

I am from Europe and I came to New Jersey last year to study and people just couldn't accept the culture differences. I was chocked by the things they would get mad about. It was definitely traumatizing, making me now much more shy and scared of saying whatever in front of any American, afraid that I will hurt their feelings.

I agree, I'm from the US and I swear most people think they know everything and can't even hear other's opinions out. That's why there are still a lot of racists and homophobic people here.

I've lived here my entire life, and I can testify to the fact that there are more than a few in this country who are as dumb as a rock! This closed mindedness is not restricted too any one ethnic group but I see it as rather an American thing. I've come too the conclusion that once you teach a person something, it is hard too break them out of those teachings.
A lack of education, and critical thinking are two of the things that help too perpetuate this ignorance, and closed mindedness in America today!

A lot of Americans are pathologically sensitive, they can't handle constructive criticism. They are so stuck in their ways, and I strongly believe this is what makes them very socially unintelligent and unsuccessful.

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