Techies vs Old School in the ECig World
This is a guest post written by Morandir835, an e-cig enthusiast, admin on the Vapor4Life forum, and a regular on their ECF sub forum.
In my experiences, I have noticed that there are two types of people drawn most to e-cigs. The heavy smokers who have looked for an alternative for years, and smokers from the digital age that are attracted by technology.
While I was a heavy smoker for the nine years before the switch, I have always been a self-proclaimed dork as well, and all things electronic have always been a passion (especially computers). It’s what made going to ecigs an easy transition. It took two of my favorite obsessions and combined them into one.
I have a few friends in the same boat. I know many smokers, and all of them at some point have asked to at least try a personal vaporizer. The people who have actually caught on to vaping have all been other technology-driven people. These are ladies and gentleman that build their own gaming computers, know how to over-clock them safely, and attend renaissance fairs. In other words they are the self-proclaimed dorks of the world. On the Electronic Cigarette Forum, there have been countless times that I have run into people who work in the electronics or information technology fields who picked up an ecig for the same reasons as I.
On the other side of that coin are a lot of my older friends, either pushing the 50 mark or past it, and have smoked most of their lives. These people aren’t infatuated with the latest gadgets, a few refuse to even carry a cell phone on principle. For some reason, they seem driven to try personal vaporizers and make the switch work for them as well.
The best part is in the end when the age and technology gaps fade and vapers get together. No matter what attracted people to personal vaporizers, if they all join one place (whether it’s a room, a forum, a chat, or a Facebook Page) conversation and friendships will bloom. It’s quite possibly the biggest difference between smokers and vapers. You probably noticed that when you were outside in the designated smoking area before the switch, there were no random conversations taking place. People would either talk to their friends, be on the phone, and stand away from anyone else (unless they were asking for a light). Whenever a vaper meets a fellow vaper in person though, a long talk always seems to ensue.
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