Is The "Seattle Freeze" A Real Thing?

Local Wonder investigates listener questions in KUOW stories. As these responses from our Facebook page show, the first query in our series represents something of a longstanding debate in the Seattle area. What do you think? Comment below or send your Seattle freeze theories to localwonder@kuow.org

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  1. Bill Radke models the "Seattle Freeze" for an upcoming story we're investigating.

Have you spotted the freeze? What did it look like? Recreate it in a photo and tag it #KUOWfreeze
    Bill Radke models the "Seattle Freeze" for an upcoming story we're investigating. Have you spotted the freeze? What did it look like? Recreate it in a photo and tag it #KUOWfreeze
  2. I can assure you that the Seattle Freeze is a real thing.
  3. I think the Seattle Freeze is a myth. Of course, that may only be because I grew up in the SF Bay Area. In comparison to people in that region, Seattlites are like fluffy teddy bears.
  4. I acknowledge the existence of this Seattle Freeze, but I don't subscribe to it. Whenever I feel the culture being against me in this way, I simply fight against it and try harder, if I really have the desire to connect.
  5. Hey perfect hockey team name! Seattle Freeze!
  6. I am a firm non-believer in this myth that is propagated by people that would have trouble making friends no matter where they moved to and are just looking for an excuse blame someone other than themselves...I've lived here all my life and have had no trouble in making new friends during all phases of it. Both ones that have lasted and those that were temporary and fleeting. That might be anecdotal evidence but so are individuals personal troubles with meeting new people. Given the high percentage of people that move here, I find it hard to believe that none of them have any friends.
  7. Moved here two years ago for a new job after many years in San Diego & Oceanside. Originally from Rapid City (western SD).My experience had been largely positive. Seattleites let you fly as big a freak flag as you like, as long as you're a good person. They give you your space, but will engage really well if you put a little effort into letting the world know that's what you want.What this means, of course is that I/you have to. (A) be OK with others' occasional extravagant freak flags; and (B) put yourself out there and do some actual work re. friendship and community. I know these have both been learning curves for me ... but they have been well worth it.P.S. The most polite "public space" crowds - movies, the market - anywhere. And - the exit out of my apt garage is onto a very busy street near a stoplight. Drivers always let me into traffic. Always.
  8. It's a total fiction. We are just introverted.
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