Feb 10th 2009 9:13AM the research may have shown some correlations, but correlations are in no way proof of cause; i myself typically (unintentionally) practice many disengaging behaviors during social encounters, and i came from a bunch of rednecks. such behaviors are too complex to attribute them to one cause. good grief. this is science?
Jan 11th 2007 8:37AM after two visits in france, with only one exception (a ticket officer in the subway), i encountered nothing but politeness and a sincere and reasonable effort and willingness to help in any way necessary.
sorry, but i think generalizations like this are why people don't get along. everyone is an individual. cultures do have their own characteristics, but people are only people - and if you dish out respect, you increase the chances of getting it in return.
having grown up and worked my whole adult life in an (american) area where tourism is the lifeblood of the economy, where foreign guests and domestic guests mingled daily, i have to say that in general, the americans far outshine the foreigners in rudeness everyday. a sense of entitlement radites from some people's foreheads - i avoid them too. but for those who are unassuming and openminded, i bend over backwards to help - giving them directions, information, whatever they need, heck some of them i'd even take home and feed 'em lunch. no matter where they're from.
you get back what you give out. take a look in the mirror...