Have you heard of the term Social Smoker?
I am sure you have.
But why does this term even exist?
Here’s my thoughts about it.
Smoking is an addiction. Or at least people will get addicted to it after smoking for a certain time. But people may develop such addiction due to different reasons.
A physical addiction to nicotine could happen to a person who smokes. Yet most of the time, smoking is just a psychological addiction.
I heard a friend of mine stop smoking after he split up with a few good friends from the uni. He graduated from his degree, got a job, and moved to another city to live a brand new life.
Maybe he can get around to socialise with some others in his new life without smoking with them, which is good. But just imagine, if those people who you are talking to, they don’t smoke, then smoking sometimes could be meaningless.
Let’s just admit it, cigarette is a good conversation starter. I would define it as a passive good habit of human beings. Smoking is a bad thing, everybody knows that. While still, people are happy to do it. Like an open crime.
What makes cigarette functioning as a social media, to my consideration, is the scarcity. People always tend to be friends with those who share the same thing in common. And those ‘common’ things such as sports, music, is nothing new to people now. They are all healthy habits.
But hey, smoking kills, and someone is willing to smoke with you. Theoretically, that basically means that someone is willing to die WITH you, or FOR you, they smoke just because you want to smoke, or, you are doing the same thing for your friends. How cool is that?
Smoking, is basically admitting to people that even you look decent, but you still have an unperfected side. You show people your weak point, and you are not afraid of showing it, that’s a lot of sincere to the person. Making friends, or doing business, is all about showing people that you really want to build up connections with them.
Same theory can also apply to alcohol. But smoking has a higher frequency and people can do it more often, which usually means greater chance to socialise. And the good thing is, you might go crazy after drinking, but you don’t go crazy after smoking.
What’s more, people need to go outside to smoke in the UK now, giving such behaviour like smoking, even more scarcity. Human is curious, they always chase after special things. Smoking, outdoors, can make you feel really special and being literally, out standing.
P.S. I told another friend of mine about the cigarettes being a social media, he said it should be a social medium. Well, it should be a medium in the first place, and it also helps deliver the ‘showing your weak point’ message, making the object itself sending out a message, like what media does. That’s why I put the title as ‘Cigarette as Social Media’. But there’s no harm to be precise, and I am happy that he pointed out as well.