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View Poll Results: Is the West more laid back than the rest of the country?
Yes 17 45.95%
No 20 54.05%
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Old 05-20-2015, 03:36 PM
 
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Also, what exactly does "laid back" mean? Does it mean people value leisure above work, or at least have a more balanced perception of the two? Does it mean people are open-minded, easy going and friendly? Does it mean lazy and untrustworthy? Because if it means the "opposite of uptight", I'd say some places on the West Coast give that vibe to me, like Eugene, Santa Cruz, Sonoma County, and Victoria BC.

But, it's definitely not something you could generalize the whole West as being. Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, and LA are all very live to work and I find the people there are sort of uptight and elitist in general. I would imagine that rural Pennsylvania or Lincoln, Nebraska or something is way more laid back than any of those cities.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Alameda, CA
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It means that if your friend asks whether you'd rather go get a burrito or some sushi, you say, "Whatever." And then you both smoke some weed.

But really, I think the West is laid back in the sense that you can be whatever you are (gay, straight, religious, agnostic, a unicorn) and most people don't care or get offended.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:12 PM
 
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It means that if your friend asks whether you'd rather go get a burrito or some sushi, you say, "Whatever." And then you both smoke some weed.

But really, I think the West is laid back in the sense that you can be whatever you are (gay, straight, religious, agnostic, a unicorn) and most people don't care or get offended.
That is also true in the Northeast and the Great Lakes. Some areas of the South, the Plains as well as many of the Mountain states may have problems with those things. Your response may have been true in the 1960s, but those views are dated today.

Perhaps the view that the West is laid back compared to the rest of the country, is an antiquated idea.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:27 PM
 
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But really, I think the West is laid back in the sense that you can be whatever you are (gay, straight, religious, agnostic, a unicorn) and most people don't care or get offended.
I think this is true for young people all over America, honestly. It's not necessarily that we're more evolved or kind - could be that people are just less conformist and keep to themselves more too.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Alameda, CA
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I think this is true for young people all over America, honestly. It's not necessarily that we're more evolved or kind - could be that people are just less conformist and keep to themselves more too.
Young people, yes, but not all older people.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:52 AM
 
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Young people, yes, but not all older people.
I'd say it's even effected middle aged people actually, though it's a trend that's been going on since at least the nineties.
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Old 05-21-2015, 06:36 AM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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I've found that it appears very laid back on the surface in West Coast cities. But if you can read in between the lines and see through people's real intentions, it's not laid back at all. It's a lot more competitive than it would appear at first, as many people are vying to get the best property with scenic views. LA is a prime example, and I even experienced it in Seattle.
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:17 AM
 
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I've found that it appears very laid back on the surface in West Coast cities. But if you can read in between the lines and see through people's real intentions, it's not laid back at all. It's a lot more competitive than it would appear at first, as many people are vying to get the best property with scenic views. LA is a prime example, and I even experienced it in Seattle.
Another thing about the West Coast (though it's true of the whole country, to a somewhat lesser extent) is that there is an expectation to always be happy. The only thing Americans hate more than a loser is someone who complains, or seems unsatisfied or grumpy, no matter how legitimate their gripe is. We aren't really allowed to be human here, just happy slaves.

Edit: The Pacific Northwest is a bit different though. You are expected to be happy, but only be happy alone. Smile at someone else (in a non-retail or familial/close friend situation) and they will think you want to rape or kill them!
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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When I think of laid back I think of the slower midwest pace of farming and small towns and corn fields. I also think of the south with southern charm and hospitality. I dont think laid back so much when thinking of out west.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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Another thing about the West Coast (though it's true of the whole country, to a somewhat lesser extent) is that there is an expectation to always be happy. The only thing Americans hate more than a loser is someone who complains, or seems unsatisfied or grumpy, no matter how legitimate their gripe is. We aren't really allowed to be human here, just happy slaves.

Edit: The Pacific Northwest is a bit different though. You are expected to be happy, but only be happy alone. Smile at someone else (in a non-retail or familial/close friend situation) and they will think you want to rape or kill them!
I got tired of the façade everyone had on, so I gave up trying to connect with people on the West Coast. The beaches and scenery are beautiful but you can't even swim in them. I think that poetically represents the people as well. They're very good at crafting a particular surface image for themselves, but they don't have the genuine depth to back it up. Whether it's the pseudo-intellectuals of Seattle or the bleached out plastic barbies of SoCal...the cities out there just feel like some kind of bizarre movie set with scripted actors everywhere and not one that I want to be a part of.

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