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Old 08-26-2009, 04:31 PM
 
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It's mostly a cultural thing. People from the north, including areas that are not heavily urbanized, simply move in a culture of "gogogo!"
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:43 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I dont think its just the South that is slow paced, all of NM is slow paced too, even Albuquerque, its like a small town in a mid sized city, I've never been north of Denver but I imagine MT,WY,ID and so many others are slow paced also., right?
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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The crowding could have some effect on it also.

When I lived in The Bronx and went to get my license it took me near all day, post office always seemed to have long lines, stores had longer lines.

Where I am now I am almost in and out with everything.

If you are waiting longer times you will obviously have to rush if you have another appointment to get to and then you add in traffic. I know there are some areas with traffic in the south but not near the traffic you get up north. Atlanta may be the exception that gets traffic close to what I experienced in NY, not the same but close.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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The south moves slow because of heat and humidity. Since I moved here I move slower because of heat and humidity. It's an energy zapper. Because summer seasons are longer here, people are zapped longer than in states with a shorter summer season. Also, I would be very interested in knowing if coffee and other caffine drinks that make you more peppy (but also make you sweat) are less popular in the South...but I don't want a bazillion dollar taxpayer grant to fund a study to find out.
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: The Misc
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I dont think its just the South that is slow paced, all of NM is slow paced too, even Albuquerque, its like a small town in a mid sized city, I've never been north of Denver but I imagine MT,WY,ID and so many others are slow paced also., right?
I think when people say "the north" they generally tend to think Chicago-New England...not Montana although it is north
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: MichOhioigan
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I think it is for a variety of reasons.
* The weather/climate is certainly a factor. Although Canada generally seems to be slower than the northern U.S.
* Worldwide and historically coastal areas and those closer to waterways are more exposed to new products,ideas and customs because of trade, war and interaction with other cultures. Those that are inland, especially mountainous, are generally less exposed to the new and are more cautious towards anything/anybody from the outside. This is why Europe (particularly western) advanced at a faster rate than the inland areas of Eurasia. The Northeastern and Great Lakes regions of the U.S. have greater waterway access/proximaty to a coast. Much of the South is inland and far from the coast or major river.
* Related to the above point; The values of each may play a part. The North values the new, the different, the exciting, is more open to change and perhaps is always hurrying for that something new/different. The South values tradition, status quo, is hesitant to change and cautious of the different.
* Urban areas are almost always faster-paced than rural areas and the North is, and has been, more urban than the South.
* The South is still too busy licking its wounds from "The War"! LOL! Just kidding, my Southern friends. Couldn't resist getting that in there!
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Old 08-27-2009, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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It is because the North is more industrialized than in the South.
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Old 08-27-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Live in VA, Work in MD, Play in DC
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I do not think it's cause of the weather cause I went to central america and the people are not slow there, and do not live a slow life or talk slow
The people may not be slow there during the morning times or at night, but many of them take siestas/sleep in the mid-afternoon time because of the unbearable heat. That's why you see many shops closed during the midday hours.

It gets so hot when the sun is at it's peak, that it's almost impossible to work during those times on a continuous basis.

Air-conditioning makes it much easier to work in the heat and humidity. But historically that was never the case. Imagine if you worked in mid-summer and there was no such thing as air-conditioning. You'll probably find it quite distracting as well.
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Old 08-27-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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I think when people say "the north" they generally tend to think Chicago-New England...not Montana although it is north
Absolutely. Most people think of the Mid-Atlantic states and New England states, and certainly not anywhere west of Chicago.
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Old 08-27-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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Protestantism + heat + humidity + agrarian life = slow
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