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The Seattle Freeze refers to a belief that it is difficult to make new friends (especially for immigrants from other cities) in the city of Seattle, Washington.

Newcomers to the area have described Seattleites as being standoffish, cold, distant, and not trusting.[1] While in settings such as bars and parties, people from Seattle tend to mainly interact with their particular clique.[2] One author described the aversion to strangers as: "people are very polite but not particularly friendly."[3] A 2008 study published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science found that Washingtonians were some of the most introverted in the nation.[4][5] Some residents dispute the existence of the Seattle Freeze.[6]

It has been speculated that the origin of the phenomenon stems from the reserved personalities of the city's early Nordic immigrants.[7] Other reasons might include the emotional effects of the drab climate, the increasing number of socially disinclined workers in the technology industries, or the region's history of independent-minded pioneers.[8][9][10]

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