Chewing Gum Attitude

@singout (980)
United States
October 21, 2008 7:30pm CST
Have you ever noticed a change in your attitude when you chew gum? I never really thought about it until a friend of mine brought it up. You know, it really does seem to change your attitude and people actually notice it. You seem to have more confidence or at least it looks that way to other people. Also, more of a carefree attitude. But be careful you don't chew it too fast or you could be accused of being "ditsy." Try it sometime.
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14 responses
@markmoney (2868)
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
Hmm.. I didn't notice that. But I don't like the gum anymore if it's already tasteless. And i guess chewing gum can be addictive too, i have known a person who always chew gum, and it's like everyday, everytime I see her, she always has a gum in her mouth. But for me, i find it inpolite to talk with someone when you have a gum in your mouth, and you look like goat if you keep on chewing gum. Maybe it's fine to chew gum but just be responsible enough to throw it or leave it in the proper container, not under the table or chair or wall. :)
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@singout (980)
• United States
22 Oct 08
You talk like a teacher. Are you? But you are right. It has it's place but I'm sure where that is. Thanks for the response.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
22 Oct 08
NEVER leave it on the bedpost overnight... it might lose it's flavor!
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@singout (980)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Ahh. Another good point. I put it behind my ear once and woke up with it in my hair. It was awful!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Hahahaha! I never thought about it before but you are so right! What is it about chewing gum that does that? Yep, I've seen the "ditsy" gum chewers. They don't seem more confident; they seem more... uh... like they just don't care? Hard to put that into words but I'm sure you know what I mean. You know, I bet whoever reads this is going to start watching themselves in a mirror the next time they chew a piece of gum! LOL I wouldn't advise chewing gum at a job interview just to look more confident, though.
@singout (980)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Oooops! Hadn't thought about that. Thanks! HEY EVERYONE! MENTALWARD SAYS IT WOULDN'T BE A GOOD IDEA TO CHEW IT A JOB INTERVIEW AND SHE'S PROBABLY RIGHT!!! Do you suppose they heard that?
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Hahahaha! Yeah, I think they got the message!
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@singout (980)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Not quite everyone. Even after shouting it at the top of my lungs thebohemianheart missed it at first.
• Dominican Republic
22 Oct 08
I've never thought about it, but now that you're mentioning it... I think you're right 8P. When I'm chewing gum, I feel relaxed and its sort of an "energy boost" to my confidence... yeah, definetely true. I think I'm going out to buy some chew gum, jejeje Happy MyLotting and have a nice day! Xp
@singout (980)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Be sure to get some Trident though, so your teeth won't rot away. Thanks for the response.
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• Dominican Republic
24 Oct 08
jajaja... I'll keep that in mind for sure, and thanks to you! Xp
@psspurgeon1 (1109)
• United States
22 Oct 08
OMG that is so funny that someone else actually thought about that. My husband gets cocky when he is chewing gum. I have actually said to him "spit it out, you have the gum chewing attitude". I didn't think that anyone else in the entire world would be thinking about that!
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@singout (980)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I wasn't sure either. That's why I mentioned it. I'm not trying to be preachy here, but the Bible says there is nothing new under heaven. Maybe this applies here. Thanks for the response.
• United States
22 Oct 08
But be careful you don't chew it too fast or you could be accused of being "ditsy." Yeah, or bite your tongue.*L* I never really thought about it. I will have to pay more attention to that next time. However, I have to kind of disagree on chewing gum during an interview. It is kind of like chewing gum while singing, or while on stage acting (unless the script calls for the character to be chewing gum), it is just not done. At least this is what I was always taught. Maybe chew gum all the way up to the interview, then spit it in the trash can as you walk in the door. Can you imagine the look on the interviewer's face if you were to do that?*LOL*
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• United States
22 Oct 08
Oh, oooops. Sorry about that. I misread mentalward's post.
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@singout (980)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I'm glad she thought about that. I had forgotten. Like I said in one of my comments, It has a place. You just gotta figure out where that is.
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• United States
22 Oct 08
Yeah, like sitting in front of the computer, having a discussion about chewing gum would be a good place.*L*
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• United States
22 Oct 08
Heh well I've read some articles that chewing [gum] increases brain activity or something, and if you do throughout a test [at school], it can help improve your score. Anyways yeah, fresh breath gives me confidence but I hope I don't appear "ditsy". Lol I will consider next time I have some in public. Hm I realize it looks even worse slouching to a side. Gotta be careful :o
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@singout (980)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Thanks for the response. You know, I was wondering why my 5th grade math teacher let us chew gum during a test. And come to think of it, that was one of the best scores I ever had in math. Now that's interesting. We may be on to something here.
• United States
22 Oct 08
Heh neat :P But I wonder if your teacher regret it after she found the gum under the tables... just kidding. Argh and there's also a rumor about most gum containing Aspartame, a brain tumor related sugar substitute. Sorry for these random gum statements :( But back to topic: the stereotype for the rude careless school girls look like... *rolled eyes, popping some chewing gum, and the "whateverrrr" face. That might be a reason its associated with this careless, ignorant, "ditz" concept.
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@singout (980)
• United States
23 Oct 08
You're right. Could very well be.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Haha. I soooo get this, singout! I used to play competitive tennis and I would chew gum while playing important matches because of the attitude shift it would give me. There was definitely a confidence thing with it for me. Hee
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@singout (980)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Weren't you afraid you would swallow your gum during these matches? Hey, maybe you could kiss the ball with a little gum on it just before you serve thereby making the ball do funny things that would make it hard to hit. Baseball players used spitballs until it was outlawed. It's true though. There is a definite attitude shift when chewing gum.
• United States
23 Oct 08
Guess who, right again. I don't think it gives you confidence. I believe that if you are chewing gum you would be moving some other part of your body. We seem to be nervous or fidgety with our busy lives that we have to keep on moving. So the chewing of the gum is your outlet. I chew gum because I love gum, sweet taste and exercising my facial muscles. What? Not good enough?
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@singout (980)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I chew gum once in a while for the same reason. I like the taste. But it does get old after a while. My jaws get sore after a while too. Thanks for the response cyclegmom.
@chaska (170)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I think that it makes you more alert. it does give your brain a little more oxygen as you chew it. I chew gum a lot and when I do I seem to be more productive. I also seem to be a little bit more carefree. I try not to chew with my mouth open, but it is more fun that way. Lets not forget to blow bubbles LOL.
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@singout (980)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Ahh. The scientific approach. That is a first for this discussion. Thanks for your response. I have to agree.
@twowizdom (861)
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
hi there singout, I dont think that chewing a gum changes a person's attitude. I guess the only thing that might change is how that person appeals to others but his attitude doesnt really change. well thats just my opinion but this might also only apply to some people either
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@singout (980)
• United States
23 Oct 08
According to the popular opinion her on MyLot, you are out-voted. *chew, chew* But that's alright, *chew, chew* it's all a matter of opinion anyway. Just kidding.
@monimo (83)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
hehe, Chewing gum definitely is an attitude changing habit. Personally, I hate those people who chew gum out loud, who walk the gum in their mouth, but do it very loudly, and don't consider what other people think of it. I think those people who chew it out loud have no manners, and are in a way ignorant. I definitely agree in that chewing gum sort of changed your mood, gives you more confidence, but it can also make you appear very rude.
@singout (980)
• United States
23 Oct 08
I suppose it depends on how you chew it. You're right, it can be very rude if you are not careful how you chew it. Thanks for the response.
22 Oct 08
Yeah - you're right. I never realised that before.....
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@singout (980)
• United States
23 Oct 08
After tonight, the chewing gum market will go up. Anyone want to invest? Thanks for the response.
@peedielyn (1210)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Hello singout! I chew gum all the time. It keeps my nerves down. I do it to think too. I know it sounds odd but that's what I do. I found out that I drink less pop too when I chew gum. I think better, because my mouth is not running a mile a minute, and I feel that I got more energy. Or it seems that way. I am not over talking and I don't chomp on it--I have porcelan fillings. It seems to keep the kids quiet too!
@singout (980)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Wow! I didn't realize there so many uses for chewing gum. My Dad used to chew it all the time when he was trying to quit smoking. It worked too. Thanks for the response.
• United States
22 Oct 08
ive never noticed a change in attitude either for myself or someone else. though ive never made a point of paying attention to their attitude during gum chewing either lol! though i can definitely say that HOW a person chews their gum makes a difference in my opinion/perception of them! someone who is rapidly chewing their gum with an open mouth immediatly strikes me as being ill-mannered and dumb. lol everytime i see someone chewing gum like that, thats my first thought! my 13 year old as learned to not open mouth smack her gum a long time ago, thankfully. however i have noticed that when she is chewing gum she seems to be a bit less attentive to whats going on around her. she "zones" out more it seems. now that may just be coincidence. LOL!
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@singout (980)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Mmmm. Interesting. Try an experiment sometime and observe her before and after she starts to chew gum. Try it yourself, you might be surprised.