Americans get a lot of flack from our neighbors across the pond. It’s not exactly a big secret that Europeans criticize Americans for just about everything we do. Everything from our foreign policy, to our mass consumption of resources and even our smiling.
Yes, that’s right. Most Europeans think that on the whole, Americans can be fake, citing that we smile too much and that therefore, it must be false.
A Different Perspective
So the question is, is it true? Well, in our defense, there’s a lot to be said about greeting people with a smile, in at least a professional sense, as that’s what almost everyone in a customer service roll or sales job is trained to do from the very first day. Realistically, if one stops to think about it, it would hard to want to buy something from someone who was frowning at you.
However, Europeans will retort to this comment with, “We don’t frown, we use a neutral face.” And what pray-tell is a neutral face? We can only imagine that it’s an emotionless face, lacking any sort of expression of emotion whatsoever. Well that’s fantastic, instead of smiling apparently were supposed to walk around greeting everyone we meet with a slack, dead-eyed expression.
So really pay attention the next time you’re out and about. Is the average American really walking around grinning like a crazed idiot? We think not. Maybe Europeans have us confused with the relatively small population of politicians and used car salesmen.
What’s Really Going On?
It’s not really a question of whether Americans are happier or not but really more of a cultural difference, a differing idea of what a polite facial expression should be.
However, just so we can’t be accused of being “fake” allow us to speak bluntly on behalf of us, Americans. If some of the European countries (and we’re looking at you England) had better dental hygiene regimes, maybe they’d be more apt to show off their pearly whites.
If you’re less than confident with your smile, keep in mind that Dr. Matthews offers both general and cosmetic dentistry at his Austin dental practice, so he can help you look your best the next time you’re out smiling too much.