If you can't chew gum without popping it, … Singapore has actually banned chewing gum altogether (except when bought from pharmacists) because of the potential for pollution. But whatever happened to good old common sense? Obama’s mastication was seen as disrespectful behaviour at such an important meeting. That kind of gum-chewing is no different than eating food with your mouth open. it's not so much disrespectful, as just rude, bad manners & the after effect is gross - i'll explain; chewing with mouth closed is fine - no noise, no popping, etc & possibly helps with thinking (not my opinion, someone else's), but it doesn't happen... in most cases. I am sure most gum-chomping Catholics would not think to chew gum in a private audience with the Queen of England. It Is Considered Disrespectful. Why, that would be undignified and disrespectful!” Okay. In fact, there is ban on importing gum in Singapore, while in Japan it is frowned upon when doing business. In France and Switzerland, it's thought to be disrespectful and rude. However many people do not know how to be considerate and responsible with their gum chewing. Throughout my life I have had many gross experiences with gum due to disrespectful gum chewers. He said that in China, chewing gum was a sign of disrespect, adding that Obama's action showed the combination of arrogance and amateurism of a President who in year six at an important summit in China shows this kind of disrespect and disregard. This rule does not apply to small children and pregnant women. Chewing gum looks like someone is eating with their mouth open and having a hard time to break down a piece of food. - While walking round the streets of modern Britain, wether it's to do the shopping, And, when true, it is tragic. Be it gum, cereal, bananas (okay, we have to stop because we're grossing ourselves out), we are glad you are enjoying it, but we would all prefer to neither hear it, nor see it. It is not appropriate, however, to pop bubbles, make smacking sounds or other unseemly noises that disturb others. Open-mouth chewing makes us feel insane. Maybe so, but chomping, popping, and cracking your gum is annoying to those around you. In many cultures this is considered disgusting, like picking your nose in public, burping loudly or spitting on the floor. The short answer is that it is appropriate to chew gum on the job, as long as you do it quietly. Bubble gum is supposed to be blown into bubbles, right? As a sign of respect, most restaurants close doors or cover their windows during those hours. Chewing gum at your desk might not necessarily give a bad impression and it does have its merits – such as refreshing one’s breath, keeping boredom at bay and more, but there are good reasons why a lot of organizations frown at the act of chewing gum. Jet Blast - Chewing Gum, the root of failure and disrespect today! 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