Top Ten Reasons People Think Americans Are Stupid

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21 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. - PopularStarfish

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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22 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.

Need Current Event Classes in High School not all that other crap that is meaningless.

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23 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. - Slayerite

Greed is Good according to Gordon Gecko. Sadly, that has stayed in the collective American Culture.

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24 Many people think that the world is 2016 years old

Um, that is not true! There are some crazy people out there that think that but where I'm from, no one thinks like that. It is common knowledge that the earth is billions of years old and we are in the ad time period, and there was the be time period! The earth is super old

This is hard to believe. Everybody knows and especially the religious freaks all over America that the calendar has a after and a before zero based on the birth of Jesus.

I am thirteen years old and I know that the earth is approximately 4.6 billion years of age.

Earth is billions of years old... - RaccoonCartoon

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25 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. - OMFGserioisly

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. - ethanmeinster

I don't see this one as a bad thing. Religion should ALWAYS be a choice, not to be forced onto people. People should learn about the culture and meanings of each religion, and then choose which one they want to follow. I'm an atheist myself, but if I had to choose a religion it would be Buddhism. Yell at me all you want, but I'm not changing my thoughts. - RaccoonCartoon

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26 Americans think Iran is the same as Iraq

How did I escape Iraq? Iran. Sorry, I had to put that in there. But, no we don't think it's the same. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

That's very true! I have come across a lot of people in LA who can't tell the difference

100 percent true

Never heard an american think that - bjinmaro64

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27 American law is ridiculous

In fact ( and I'm not from the USA ) the juridicial system in the US is very effective and works very well compared to some countries in Europe. The juridicial system in Europe has waiting lists that can take years before a criminal is judged, flaws in the laws of proving / disproving, corruption of lawyers etc... I'm not saying that the American system works for 100% but it works better than most countries. As for the American laws, some are good and some are really ridiculous ( but that's not a reason to say why Americans are stupid ). In Europe you have also stupid laws but I have to agree that for many things some European laws are better compared to American laws.

They're so hypocrit. They have underage drinking laws ( 21 year ) and at the same time they are sending 18 year old boys and girls at war. They can't have an alcohol drink before 21 but they have the right to be killed at war. In Europe there are no underage drinking laws and you don't see underage kids drunk in the Streets. How come?

The child support ends the father life

There are some bad laws but at least we are a democracy - bjinmaro64

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28 They elected Donald Trump as new president

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.

If he's still president in 2020 you can say that Americans are very stupid.

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29 They believe that "Asia" means "China"

That sounds like something one person may have said and you took it as "damn Americans are idiots", another case of taking one example and assuming 200 million+ people must be just as dumb. I've never heard anyone say they thought the entire continent of Asia was just China. Geography and History are two required classes we take all the way through primary schooling up until we graduate high school. unless you never payed attention in class this should have been drilled into your head pretty early.

China just happens to be one of Asian countries that is populated, including India. However when it comes to Indians, they're seen as "Muslims" when most of them are Hindus. In USA, a lot of China's products are being sold here but I guess that's no reason to think of Asia as China. It irks me when they see every Asian people as Chinese. It's okay to not know the difference, but they shouldn't automatically think "Chinese." This just makes them ignorant as they already are. They should be taught more on cultural differences.

If so, then what continent is India and the whole entire Middle East part of? You know, the term "Asia" was originally conceived in the time of Ancient Greece to describe the region that the Persian Empire was situated in. The Greeks didn't know about any "Asian" land east of India. Asia is the most populous of the 7 continents, and it includes everyone from Israelis to Indonesians, and all 5 of the major world religions were developed there, so I don't know why many people tend to associate this broad term with only one nationality. I'm an Asian American myself, so I've had to deal with such ignorance in public. One of my classmates called all Asians are filthy rich because of the Japanese. Someone should send them to a country such as Bangladesh or the Philippines to see how "rich" we really are. - ethanmeinster

Asia isn't JUST China, Korea and Japan. There's more, like Russia and India, and so on. - RaccoonCartoon

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30 Americans like rap and pop more than rock and metal

Ok this is a stupid argument, how is rap & pop thrown into the same category? Rap actually has some of the most intellectually stimulating lyrics of all genres, if you only listen tk what is on the radio then you don't have the full picture. Oh by the way I like rock just as much with r&b, reggae, some jazz. Anyone who believes an entire genre is superior to another is ignorant, for example skinheads have created some rock music with anti-semetic remarks and racism. I think we should put most music today is dumbed down, but that's more because those whonare smart realize they can't make a living off of music these days with the music industry being gutted due to greedy record labels screwing over artists and illegal downloads.

People are forgetting that Rock has its roots in black music. Black Blues singers who were singing their misery created a more danceable form of Blues called Rhythm and Blues during the forties / fifties. It took a white singer ( Elvis Presley in 1954 mixed black music with white music ) to open the doors at a white audience for this kind of music that was segregated. From there on Rock progressed in subgenres ( Hardrock, Metal etc... ) during the sixties and seventies. Pop music comes from the word POPular music which change in style every generation. Rap music has its roots in black music ( Soul, Funk etc... ) and is almost as popular as pop music now. It's strange that we still have a lot of racism and segregation in the U.S. while we're basically listening to black music that became " popular " ( white pop, black R&B which is the black pop music, white rap, Rock, Metal,... ) and we still separate these forms of music in white or black music. Nowadays Rock and Metal is concidered ...more

This really isn't a dumb argument, I mean think about it, the music is a reflection of and an influence to our culture. There are hundreds of thousands, probably even millions of people, from second grade to mid twenties, that use, practically another language of rap slang, dressed bizarrely, and pretty much make rap there whole life. Plus you know, way more than 9 times out of 10 these kind of people that get straight f's in school. Guess what studies show higher iq students are attracted to rock and metal, there aren't many metal heads, so I'm pretty sure that there are many more dumb rap fans. There is way more to this reason than what meets the eye

How is this stupid? - bjinmaro64

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31 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.

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


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32 They elect Democrats

If you are voting democrat or republican it actually makes no difference. You are part of a socio-economic world who doesn't care about what faction you're oriented. You're in fact a complete byproduct. You have chosen a side and that's it. And just because of that you cannot unfortunately think for your own self. And that's what politicians want. Votes to have power and more money in their pockets because they know that what leads the world isn't political. It's the economy that is running the world.

I am liberal, and I stand like noble Black Swordsman Kazuto Kirigaya proud that this item is the last thing on the list. I can agree with the Democrats' ideas more than the Republicans' opinions. Especially since Republicans won't let Obama undo the damage to this land of the free. No offense to conservative users, though. Both liberals and conservatives have their pros and cons, but my ideas are more compliant with liberal Democrats than conservative Republicans. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

But to complete the sentence, "The elect Democrats"... not often enough to make a real improvement.

Nothing worse than a dumb liberal

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33 Americans still practice capital punishment

I think this should be practiced more, as our prisons fill up and more are built because of our stupidly violent citizens. The government doesn't understand that getting stuck in a cell until you die of old age is worse than the death penalty

That's because they have " rights " to buy guns. If someone kills a person or persons with a gun knowing that there's no risk of death penalty, there would be more killings. Only if guns should be banned for 100%, only then you can think of punishments where death penalty is banned also. But the United States has such a long history of " laws to buy guns " that it would be very difficult and complex to change their laws about guncontrol and punishments. What about serial killers who don't use guns to kill their victims? Should they be punished with death penalty or be concidered as a not normal person and therefore locked up in psychiatric facillities? So many different cases that changing laws is easier to say than actually put it in practice.

If someone takes the life of an innocent person, the murderer deserves to die himself.


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34 Americans support illegal occupations

Israel is every religions holy land and since religions are all a farce that's the worst example. But yes indeed we will bomb, takeover or ruin other countries for our selfish reasons. I love the which are? I'll wait fool. Most map lines were drawn after world wars I and I I with very little regard for cultures or histories. Get informed or don't make stupid comments proving they are right about how dumb most of us Americans are

Very true by sending trillion dollars to contribute to the unholy stolen land of Israel

This is so true.

They don't know that you can't buy LOVE. But they keep trying by giving our tax $$'s to OUR haters.

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35 Americans call football "soccer"

I've got an idea, let's invent a sport and call it football, even though there is already a sport called football, and even though this new sport mostly uses your hands.
Oh, and we'll base the new sport mostly around rugby, but make everyone wear loads of stupid clothing and padding.
And when 90% of the world refuse to take to this new sport and decide to continue watching actual football, let's just cover our ears and go la la la la la...

Football uses your feet that why its football.

I know. I live in canada and I hate it that canada and the united states call it soccer while the other 98% call it football. I myself call it football. I still call the NFL american football but call soccer just regular football.

That doesn't make americans stupid - bjinmaro64

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36 Many Americans believe "gun control" means "gun ban"

First of all, guns have only one purpose, to kill. Americans are always giving the argument that it's for protection. Comes two questions on my mind. Why do Americans pay taxes for police forces? Aren't they not supposed to protect? Second, why buying a unlimited quantity of guns if it's only for protection? Do you really need more than one gun to protect yourself? How come that the law allow to let you have a unlimited amount of guns and munition? Are they really surprised that of all civilized countries America is the only country that has everyday a mass-shooting? The Las Vegas massacre wouldn't have happened if owning guns were restricted. And bad guys or criminals will always be able to buy or own a gun. They don't follow the rules of law. But if there was a complete " gun ban " or a restricted " gun control " criminals would have more difficulties to obtain guns at black markets. That's a fact but Americans seems to not understand that. They think that only a " harder " ...more

Too many of us only read the preamble to the second amendment. If you actually read the whole thing It states we need to have guns because at the time we had no standing army. So if invaded only the citizens could defend the country. We now have an army which makes the second amendment obsolete. But because we love killing and hate reading more than one sentence we blather on about our "right" to own guns. Makes the rest of us look like idiots.

Oh yeah. "It's your right as an American to own a gun" seriously? You all need to chill out about "your rights" that were written over 400 years ago.

America is messed up, seriously no offense. You say you hate ISIS and death to ISIS for killing innocents and causing terror in different countries? Look around you, I think you need to sort out your own country first. That exact same thing is happening everyday in the U.S by your own people. Wake up! - OMFGserioisly

Bomb's don't kill, people who blow them do.

Gun sports are dangerous, but they are fine because its not murder.
Every country has guns, but you don't hear many shootings as in America.
The last school shooting in UK was in the 90s.

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37 The U.S. is seemingly one of the most dangerous countries in the world

They're war mongers. Nothing appeals to an American than conflict and the "Glory" it brings for example WW2 the US impact on the war helped win the war quicker granted but it wasn't needed even if the the UK was struggling to hold the western front the USSR had the Eastern front in the bag. Al the US did was focus on Japan and would've lost to them if they didn't attempt genocide, scientists theorised that the A bomb could ignite the earths atmosphere and they dropped it anyway. And after WW2 the US invaded Vietnam for less than justified reason and lost but even though that is a fact a lot of Americans believe they won that conflict.

Yes they are, the are the worlds biggest hypocrites. They invaded Iraq for oil. They lied to the world about it and got caught (non existent weapons of mass destruction). How many millions of Iraqies citizens have died as a result. Then they run away as they always do and now we have ISIS. Just another Vietnam. Yanks will never learn and will keep making the same dangerous mistakes.

Seemingly? LMFAO! Yeah, because we have a lot of dumb hicks who start frothing at the mouth whenever you mention gun control, they are Legion, and about as charming as that Devil. These are the jokers who shoot people on their porches and go to jail for eighteen years, duh! Why were they born, why? Europe, we want to send that teeming refuse back to you! Like yesterday!

Only in Chicago

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38 Americans misuse the English language with wrong words and spelling

HEY! It's called a different dialect of language, not misusing. We only use different words. This reason does nothing to prove how we are stupid. - Slayerite

PETROL is liquid, stop calling it gas.

Okay, some but really? Not like every kid out there has never spelled wrong?

Only thing that matters is if you get the point

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39 They idolize bad music artists

They have actually many good music artists but for some reasons those artists never gets the attention they deserving. They stay unknown. On the other hand they have many bad music artists and those ones gets all the attentions. So, yes it's true, they idolize bad music artists. There is one positive thing, that is that not " every " American Idolize the bad artists because luckely a very low percentage of Americans Idolize the good artists.

I know it's all subjective, but I judge people this way too. If I ever have hateful thoughts of America, this is why.

You brought Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood to the world! Dumbasses.

There r no music artist today they all died in the 80's

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40 They elect Republicans

The party whose platform denies science, including virtually unanimously accepted theories of evolution and climate change, and whose supporters want to shut down nearly all of the Federal government, including the things that were put in place to keep us from completely collapsing as a society - social security and medicare for our elderly, the EPA to keep poisons from our air, land and rivers, the Dept of Education to keep us from being even stupider, the IRS so we never have to pay taxes to pay for any of these commie programs... who would support a stupid party like that?

I have nothing against conservative users on this website, but I agree with this statement. I was raised as a liberal and I'm thankful that I know my choice isn't wrong. Maybe there is no right or wrong to this. It's just that Republicans need to change these things about them that won't be good for America in the long-term. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

They have not really many choices. It's one or the other. This is because their political system is corrupted. In Europe Democrat means political parties who are considered as left wing and left middle wing parties ( there are at least 20 different parties for that ) and Republicans stand for right wing and right middle wing parties ( who has also different parties for that ) but they are also considered as democratic parties. When more than one parties are elected by majority coalitions between the elected parties are formed ( meaning that different parties are the ruling government for the next four years ). This system is as a matter of fact much better than the American system. Because if Americans have choices between two parties they will also have the problem that if for those two parties two clowns are running for president, it's one clown or another clown! They notion about what democracy means is also corrupted. Democracy comes from the greek word " Demo-cratia " ...more

It's possible that there IS such a thing as a rational republican, but you'll never see his/her face, or hear his/her name. You'll only get anonymous comments in top ten lists. Republicans will turn on any such "infidel" who dares show such "moderation", and tear them to pieces. The so-called party of Accountability and Personal Responsibility KNOWS that it's always Obama's fault. Oh wait he's not up for re-election. So now the party-line is "It's the evil left-wing media's fault."

They don't know the meaning between liberal and liberalism. Liberalism or neo-liberalism is closer related to replubican programs because the principles of liberalism are capitalized. Liberal comes from the latin word Liber which means free. Who is against freedom? Or even economic freedom which democrats stand for? If you want economic trades that benefits only your country ( buying Americans products, making non-American products expensive by raising import taxes, not importing some foreign products etc... ) you are in fact close related to fascist or dictactural ideas.

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