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Old 09-15-2011, 02:56 PM
 
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scene from Lonely Guy at the restaurant

he pretends to be a food critique so everybody knows why he's all alone and asks for a table for one.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Buffalo
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No, and I eat alone frequently when I travel for business. I will say I eat at the bar frequently (instead of sitting at a table alone) which I wouldn't do if I were with another person.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:40 PM
 
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It can certainly feel like that sometimes! I eat alone occasionally, but I don't think anyone pays mind to what I'm doing.

When I was a Freshman in college, I used to go to the pancake house every Friday morning by myself. I always loved it and I kind of miss it. It was a smaller town so I think it was easier to do.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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I actually like the attention when people lookup as I walk into a place. At 6'3" 260lbs I get a lot of looks. I always smile and give a hey hows it going.
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Old 09-16-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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If I am eating alone, I'm usually reading a book anyway and I don't notice what anyone else is doing. I enjoy the quiet time because it happens so seldom.
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Old 09-16-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Back when I was single I ate at restaurants by myself all the time. In fact, I did pretty much *everything* by myself. It's perfectly normal to me and I enjoy my own company. I never felt the need nor the desire to behave in any certain way to justify my doing that.

20yrsinBranson

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Old 09-16-2011, 05:33 PM
 
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I think it was easier back in the 70's and 80's to eat alone than today, especially for young adults. Nowadays with the emphasis on social networking & multitasking, you're looked as some odd awkward pariah if you're alone at any non-fastfood eatery. Even bars & clubs are looked as places you go with friends, unlike the drinking holes like Cheers where ppl felt free to drop-in by themselves.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I think it was easier back in the 70's and 80's to eat alone than today, especially for young adults. Nowadays with the emphasis on social networking & multitasking, you're looked as some odd awkward pariah if you're alone at any non-fastfood eatery. Even bars & clubs are looked as places you go with friends, unlike the drinking holes like Cheers where ppl felt free to drop-in by themselves.
I agree that it was easier to dine alone in a sit-down restaurant back in the 70s and 80s. I used to do that back then, and I didn't find it so odd. I usually brought something to read while I waited for my meal to arrive.

Nowadays, as you said, with all this emphasis on social networking, I wouldn't feel as comfortable dining out alone. I would then order my meal to go and just eat it in the comfort of my own home.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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College trains you to eat alone so it's no big deal after it. Heck, College trains you to eat while walking or jogging.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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I'd say that 75% of the time when I go out, it's with someone. The other 25%? Eating while writing, doing some work, or just savoring the solitude Never felt "weird" eating out, solo.
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