Monday, October 03, 2011

That's so not cool

Parenthetical to this post by OneSTDV comes results from the GSS showing that smokers have fewer friends than non-smokers do, (medians of 4 and 5, respectively; means of 6.9 and 7.7, respectively). These items are only able to be cross-referenced in 1986 (n = 1,463). Smoking wasn't cool then, and after a couple of decades of visceral crusading against it, it's now something mostly reserved for low-class, antisocial types to do in shame, away from everyone else.

So it's almost certainly even less cool now than it was then. We probably have to go back a generation before that to find a time when smoking was hip, rather than immaturely rebellious, as it was in the 80s and early 90s, or prolish as it is today.

GSS variables used: SMOKE, FRINUM

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Onestdv is very out of touch. I'm in my mid 20s and smoking has always been considered a white trash thing here.

Audacious Epigone said...

It's understandable that he wouldn't have regular contact with high school age kids, so I certainly don't fault him for that. But as someone who does, smoking just isn't something that even rebellious high schoolers tend to think is cool. It's more acceptable among those cliques than it is among other high schoolers, many of whom frown upon it.

Shawn said...

Well, I can tell you at least back in 1996-2000 in HS smoking cigs was cool, and so was smoking weed.

Ed Tom Kowalsky said...

While attending grad school at the University of Missouri it dawned on me that white youngsters were considerably more likely to blaze up than black kids. That observation was confirmed by a "study" some time not long thereafter. (This may be the only pathology more common to a white demographic than the black.) However, I'm seeing more black kids smoke these days than in the past.

IHTG said...

In what circumstances does somebody start smoking? Do they tend to start smoking because it's simply something to do when they're idle and bored (eg, between lessons in school)?

Nowadays, there's so many more things to do when you're bored. The 21st century has driven boredom to extinction. This has undoubtedly changed our day-to-day behavior in many other ways.

Anonymous said...

At my college, probably around 1/3rd of the population smoked. Typically the "cool" kids. Smoking was very much a hipster/SWPL thing there.