Gum and Gum Chewing – I Just Don’t Get It

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Why do people buy and chew gum? I just don’t get it.  Wrigleys, Excel, Extra, Dentyne, Black Bart, it doesn’t matter what brand; I still don’t get the gum and gum chewing idea.

I Don’t Get Gum Chewing

I remember a time when I did get it.  It was from about the ages of eleven through thirteen.  I used to love chewing gum.  I especially loved Dubble Bubble, Big Red, and Black Bart.  My friends and I would try to put as much gum as possible into our mouths at one time just for laughs.  Dubble Bubble came with a comic inside the wrapper.  Big Red had a cinnamon flavour.  Black Bart was licorice flavoured and it made your whole mouth turn black.  Ahhh … the good ole’ days.  Or were they …

All of my favourite types of gum would most probably be looked down upon by the modern-day gum afficionado.  They all lost their flavour very quickly and they all contained sugar.  A lot of modern chewing gum can hold its flavour for literally hours and most of the gum that I see nowadays does not contain sugar.   I guess this is a good thing if you enjoy chewing gum.

With that being said, gum chewing just does not make sense to me.  Here are a couple of reasons why:

You Know You’re Just Going to Throw it Out – Yes, this is one of the worst things about gum.  You buy it with the express knowledge that every single bit of what you are buying will end up in the garbage very soon.  “I think I’ll spend three dollars on that gum that will end up in the garbage in three days”.  The gum is also wrapped with so much excessive packaging that it is often hard to get at.  This is difficult to reconcile from a frugal living perspective.

Bad Etiquette – Some gum chewers are very loud.  Some gum chewers chew their gum in such a way that you can not even tell that they are chewing it (many classroom students are good at this).  Other gum chewers seem to want the whole world to know that they are enjoying a piece of chewing gum.   They even open their mouths with every chew so that you can see it.  Some even add loud chewing sound effects to really get the degree of their enjoyment across to others.

Potential Miscommunication – Chewing big wads of gum is equivalent to having a second tongue in your mouth.  It is difficult to speak clearly with a second “gum tongue”.  Imagine the diplomatic brouhaha that would erupt at a world leader summit if the intended phrase, “It is a pleasure to meet you”, became mangled into something like “I will surely declare war upon your puny and weak nation!”.

There are also the classic reasons why gum is a bad idea: it stains sidewalks, it is really tough to get out of hair and out of clothing, it is a choking hazard, etc. It just seems like a glaring waste of money.

In summary, the idea of gum and gum chewing just doesn’t make sense to me.  I know that those of you who love gum probably just don’t get why I just don’t get it.  That’s alright.  Leave me a comment (keep scrolling down to the bottom of this page) and you can let our readers know your point of view.

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