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Why I Avoid Elevator Rides with Americans: The Experience of a Russian-Speaking Immigrant

Author of the channel Americano | Americano on Yandex.Zen talks about one feature of Americans that has recently irritated him greatly. Next - from the first person.

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To understand the essence, I will tell you a short background. I moved to the United States several years ago, recently I rented an apartment, worked at home, that is, I practically did not go in elevators. Recently, by coincidence, I had to move to the office, which is located in a high-rise building, with 80 floors, maybe more. And to get down from my department to the buffet or to the manager, you have to ride in the elevator, and several times a day, from the first and almost to the last floor.

It was then that I noticed a very annoying American feature, which I had previously even considered a plus, but it was in the team that it manifested itself as something negative and repulsive. Now, seeing that the elevator has arrived with people, I often pretend that I forgot something important - and walk away from it until it leaves. Now I’ll explain what’s going on.

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It is considered normal among Americans to start a friendly dialogue with the first person they meet, especially in a group of people when silence looms. Most often this happens in elevators!

It would seem, what's wrong with that? And that's what I thought. On the one hand, this way you can make a lot of friends, learn something new; after the elevator, the conversation can continue in the buffet and develop into a friendly conversation. And in fact - in most cases this is true, but...

There is one big “but”! If you answer reluctantly or completely ignore a random interlocutor, this is considered rudeness, after which they begin to look at you as if you were some kind of boor! But I still have to work in this office: I don’t want the team to look at me as an enemy of the people or a rude person! That is, there is only one way out - to maintain a conversation.

And again you may ask: what is the problem of communicating with a person for a minute or two, is it difficult, or what? And I will answer you: I work in the IT sector, my head is constantly loaded with information, and in the midst of the day I have no time for talking. They confuse thoughts, and when fatigue falls, they even get on your nerves! But remember that I just can’t keep silent, and I have to maintain a dialogue against my will.

Most often this manifests itself in elevators, so now I try to avoid riding in an already crowded elevator. Of course, on weekends it doesn’t bother me so much, but at work it’s very, very annoying!

Original blog post Americano | Americano on Yandex.Zen

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