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Old 07-18-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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From Beantown to...Meantown.

It must be Pick on Boston this week- First you're the sloppiest dressers (says GQ but what do they know?) now you're the meanest dogs in the bunch. What's the story over there?

Boston #1! (for meanest population) - Boston.com
Two psychologists conducted a national survey, asking Americans questions designed to measure 24 "character strengths." They grouped some of these strengths, like gratitude and valuing emotional connections, as "strengths of the heart’" - a fancy way of saying kindness. And then, for each of the nation's 50 largest cities, they calculated an average score.

The conclusion: Boston came in at number 50. As in, dead last. As in, none of the country's other major cities - not New York, not Los Angeles, not even Washington, D.C. - can match us for sheer smallness of spirit. We are officially the capital of mean.

I'll admit I cannot find a link to the original survey.

Survey Ranks Boston The Least Friendly City In America CBS Boston
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:30 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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After dealing with a ton of traffic on the roads this last week, I hope that people take these surveys seriously and just move out of Massachusetts! We have too many people here and a whole bunch need to move out of state, and it'd also be great if people stopped moving here.

MA must be doing something right since every year, there's more MA residents.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Least friendly? Yeah.

Mean? No.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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The reason why people drive so crazy in Boston is because they're trying to hurry up and make enough money to move far away.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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The reason why people drive so crazy in Boston is because they're trying to hurry up and make enough money to move far away.
Oh poo. If ya can't handle the competition, take the T.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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Oh poo. If ya can't handle the competition, take the T.
Ahh yes, the wonderful "T" where bus drivers can seem ready to commit a homicide at any moment, the trains stop for hours without warning (packed full in the middle of summer) and the least friendly bunch of commuters the world has ever seen. Granted the public transit is better then alot of places, but that's not saying much, but atleast you can (eventually) get fairly close to most places around "the hub" after hours of travel using the mbta (just don't ask the wrong bus driver the wrong question or you may get kicked off the bus).

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Old 07-18-2011, 07:35 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Oh Jeez, this topic yet AGAIN? A couple of professors scientificly studied this?

We already have another ongoing thread on rudeness/firendlisness of Boston this week....

Why do Bostonians take themselves so seriously?

This topic is becoming like a dog chasing its own tail. Boston is rude, NY is rude, LA is rude. These cities are also very friendly. Draw your own conclusions. Some see the glass half full and many see the glass half empty <insert violin concerto>. My skin is to thick to be bothered by an MBTA employee's attitude, pffft please.

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Old 07-18-2011, 11:37 PM
 
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Eh, Bostonians really have good hearts down inside. We just tend to snap often at the numerous people making fun of our slovenly dress.

Boston named #1 worst dressed city according to GQ
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:57 PM
 
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Took a vacation with my talkative mother to Boston in 2005. I had lived there before and warned her nobody on the T wanted the know her life story, so don't try to be her friendly self. Boy was I wrong. By the time our 15 minute ride was over, she had made friends with several people. They loved her friendliness, and she opened them up. They weren't unfriendly, rude, or unpleasant with her.
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:05 AM
 
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I wouldn't consider Bostonians to be "mean" at all. I always try to be polite and nice to people and I'm a Bostonian.

This is another one of those "city ranking lists" that for some reason are so popular at the moment and really reveals nothing about how people in a certain region are.

According to popular culture lately, I must be a horrible Bostonian because I'm not a rude void-heart who thinks he's better than everybody else, and I don't wear jeans, a North Face jacket, and a Red Sox hat (I don't even own a North Face jacket or a Red Sox hat come to think of it) everyday of the week.
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