Earlier this week, CNN reported on a new social networking site called Invite for a Bite. The concept is to match women with platonic lunch or dinner partners so that we can avoid the shame and loneliness of eating alone. Except, some of us love eating alone. My preference is to bring along a book or an iPhone’s worth of Instapapered articles, but even when eavesdropping is the only entertainment on offer, I still consider eating alone to be one of life’s greatest pleasures (topped only by solitary cinema visits).
For an introvert like me, the site promotes the idea that hanging out with a random stranger (or several) is fun. It’s not that I’m against making friends, but compulsory small talk is torturous. And I’ve been cornered by enough strangers in cafes, shops and on public transport to get an idea of how the British public thinks.
Diane Shipley on eating alone: nuthin’ wrong with that! Is this something you enjoy?
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- shortbreadsh answered: def not a NY thing. in fact, one of my fav things about nyc is how “normal” it is to do/go to things alone.
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- paleotrees answered: Spoiler: it is impossible to eat alone in New York. You are surrounded by other humans all the fucking time.
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- alternageek answered: One of my favourite things to do is get a good book and go out for a meal together,
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- dotdotdotdoh answered: i find it weird they got all that out from a new social media site. idk
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- reneejsim answered: I enjoy eating alone too! It’s time to think and be confident in one’s individuality!
- therealsurferrosa answered: I consider it one of the joys of business travel to sit alone with a bookk in a restaurant and enjoy a meal in peaxce and quiet.
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- its-a-great-day answered: Yes. It can be very relaxing and empowering to get out and do whatever you want without worrying about another person’s wants or needs.
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- nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident answered: Nothing. This is supposed to be bad?
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