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What is American Friendship like? Can there be a real American friends?


Being International, I have noticed that it is quite difficult to become good friends with Americans. Aparently, this is not only my observation. Most of international people usualy communicate with either people from the same culture or other internationals. Why is it happening? Can't we be good friends with Americans? Or the question is "Can Americans develop good friendships with internationals? Or even with other Americans?". I went through the literature and found interesting comments about American being individualistic and not being fully responsible before their friends. They call everyone 'friend' after few sentences during the conversation or after couple of times they have seen the person. What is your experience with Americans? Have any ideas why it is hard to develop friendship with them? Or not hard at all? What is perseption of Friendship in your home country? Any thoughts? :-)