A glass initially gives us the impression that it was meant for just one person. However, by adding straws, the number of people who could share it seems almost unlimited — especially if one doesn’t mind going a little bit further and sharing saliva! It all depends on the relationship between those doing the sharing!
Is sharing considered as “fair” when we only take what we need? Gridlines on chocolate bars make us want to share the pieces — and split the calories!
The orange – is it the perfect fruit to share?
Sometimes two people share a chair meant for one — feeling a little less comfortable, perhaps, but also a little cosier.
Three-ply tissue paper isn’t designed to be shared — but it can be!
A pair of earphones may be designed for individual use, but that shouldn’t stop us sharing them with a friend and listening to the same song, keeping us mentally and physically connected.
In countries like Vietnam, transporting a whole family of 4 or 5 on one scooter is a common sight, Of course, this can be due to the conditions in the country, but this form of sharing, makes full use of the space on the scooter. Although it can be going against the rule of just having two on a scooter, people still get from one point to another effectively, it works!
Does the action of splitting a bun into two makes us want to share the other half?
Playing the piano is a matter of coordinating one’s left and right hands — so how many people can play the same piano together? As the number of players rises, the degree of collaboration or coordination required to play it harmoniously also increases!
Few things are as relaxing as luxuriating in a hot bath on one’s own. But how about squeezing four people into the tub? It used to be common for footballers to bath together after match. And public bathing remains widely practised in Japanese and Korean culture, as much as a way of socialising as scrubbing the body clean.
Objects take on meaning and stories of their own over time. What is the lifetime of an item of clothing? We all grow out of our clothes in the end, especially when we’re children. A family with five kids passes clothing down to the next eldest. Some clothes become more comfortable over time. In fact, there’s no limit to how many people an item of clothing can be passed on to — until it’s no longer wearable, of course.
People who take up a lot of space reading a newspaper in public are often seen as inconsiderate or annoying. But it’s also an unintentional form of sharing. The large surface area of the newspaper allows people sitting nearby to read it as well, even if it’s just a headline or two. This applies not only to people sitting alongside the newspaper reader, but behind him or her too!
Thumbs up, an everyday gesture that is used for us to communicate a message or representation of positivity, is also used as a sign for hitchhiking, to share a ride.