This was a great post, @Alia_Gee - I think you are very right.
Taking this a bit further, away from stereotyping Americans - this led me to thinking who I am, what role Airbnb hosts have in this business.
Most of the time, I feel like the hotel owner, the boss, the big guy. In fact, you might like to start calling me Eberhard Hilton, heir to Conrad Nicholson Hilton, future CEO of Hilton Worldwide, one of the world’s largest chains of hotels. Right now, I am still learning by running my small Airbnb, with two rooms, but I have high flying ambitions.
However, my guests might not think of me as Eberhard Hilton when booking a room with me. Instead, they see me as the guy cleaning their sheets, and the toilet, and doing all the low, blue-collar work.
There is a great big mismatch of perceptions here.