The San Francisco Bay Area is kinda like a pricey retirement home for boring/introverted people. It’s really a soulless place with overpriced mediocre food, terrible drivers/traffic and chain stores for as far as the eye can see. There is also a real distance between people in the bay area. People are everywhere yet they feels worlds apart. Berkeley in particular seems like, not only is everybody kind of doing their own thing (ignoring one another) but pretending to be so open minded and forward thinking. I have never met so many shallow, cold, distant, selfish, stuck up people in one place! Their behavior in most situations often resembles a dramatic act produced to meet the demands of a story. As such, lacking the sustaining value of real human interaction. Atleast on the East Coast people don’t pretend to be open and friendly… In the bay area, it’s a real “You live your life and I’ll live mine, and we’ll just ignore each other” sort of culture. So you feel oddly separated from almost everyone. People they don’t really show the kind of love that you find in other places. It’s more of a distant, detached, ultra-individualist vibe. Most of Western Europe is like this, however, America is 10x worst because American culture revolves around idiocy and cutthroat competition, which is perfectly conducive towards creating sociopaths.
I would say most of the students in the Bay Area are pre-professional tools, not intellectuals. That accurately sums up the main problem of Stanford and Cal Berkeley. Hardly anyone at these schools have genuine academic interest, or intellect, even, and more or less slaves through years of University just to reach a career goal, which seldom strays from physician, lawyer, banker, programmer. They’re vocational schools: it’s all about working hard and jumping through hoops; learning happens only as an occasional side-effect. Try talking to undergrads and you’ll be surprised at how vapid they really are – remember that any idiot can memorize a biology textbook and spew it back up on an exam. Add to this general social ineptitude, and you can imagine what an interesting and enjoyable group of people you’ll find yourself amongst.
Oh, and then you have the engineer, science, and scholar types that makeup the backbone of the bay area econ. These are bland, lifeless, timid, risk-averse, school nerds trained to pursue knowledge as if it were nut cracking. Who sits cool in dusty rooms, and if you were to seize them with your hands they would raise a cloud of dust like a flour bag, involuntarily. In other words, service machines with little to no interest in the world around them.
Most of the women in the bay area (if you find any) are lesbian or radical feminist and beastly. The few girls worth looking at are mostly entitled bitches I.E. western white and materialistic Asians women. The SF Bay Area is probably the worse place in the US for picking up women. Most of the men (if you can call them that) are lame, weak, unreliable, wanna-be players, limp-wristed hipsters and socially inept geeks. The geeks (majority of males) entire framework of existence relies on passivity and non-action (notice geeks never reciprocate questions). Ask ‘em what you should do when you’re out of options – and they’ll tell you to ask yourself not because that’s actually what they believe but because they don’t have any real answers.
It’s not that these geeks are bad guys or hopelessly handicapped. It’s that they’re socially immature because they haven’t put any time into their social development. They’ve hidden themselves behind computer screens since they were ten years old, limiting their interactions to people who were like them. And their parents and teachers allowed it because they felt sorry for them, wanted to shelter them from the rejection that came whenever they engaged with peers.
Now these people must keep in contact with official voices, internet, cell phones, entertainment and sallow friendships that turn over on a regularly basis. They cannot sit still without their minds wondering off, as they are poorly trained in art, philosophy, economics or anything that develops a person inter-life. Instead, they need contain novelty to feel alive.
Overall, the bay area doesn’t seem to have a culture of intellectual conversation or real friendliness. People don’t seem to be all that passionate about anything. Too many dorks/geeks/hipsters/hippies and not enough normal people.