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View Poll Results: Would you eat alone in a restaurant?
Yes, why wouldn't I? 42 73.68%
No way, far too weird or embarrassing or stressful. 9 15.79%
Other.... ? 6 10.53%
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:03 PM
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Doesn't bother me at all. Which is good given I travel and I'd go hungry if I weren't comfortable eating in restaurants alone. It's only annoying if I am enjoying a bit of peace, my own thoughts, and/or a good book and the waiter feels a responsibility to form a bond with me since I'm sitting alone lol. Happens more than you'd think.

ETA: I honestly didn't know this was a source of stress for people until I went to college. My random and very sweet roommate freshman year suddenly confessed halfway through the first term that she was skipping lunch some days because she didn't have anyone to eat with and eating by herself was not an option for her. So we arranged to eat together on those days. I enjoy eating with people it just doesn't bother me to eat alone.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:19 PM
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I do it all the time. It's a great opportunity to "people watch".
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:19 PM
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Honestly, I never thought about it as any big deal, or deal at all, until I read this thread. So yes, I would.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:26 PM
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I do it all the time when away or on the road for the day, always with a good book!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:32 PM
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I don't eat alone usually, because it's kind of weird to me to like...get up right now and say I'm going to dinner by myself . I guess I don't really eat 'out' just for a good meal, I usually eat out with other people to spend time with them. I cannot bring myself to go to a bar alone, not at all. Maybe if I was traveling and went down to the hotel bar, that's about it.

I've never seen a movie alone but I might someday. I'd prefer to get someone to go with me.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:58 PM
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I wouldn't have trouble at a cafe or something, like others have said. But if it's a place I wouldn't feel comfortable going in with some pretty casual street clothes on, no. I just wouldn't see the point.

The odd thing is, I feel really bad for people eating alone at fast food places. If they look absorbed in a book or something, I don't mind, but if I see someone sitting alone and not really doing anything to occupy their time, I feel an urge to go sit and talk with them so they don't feel alone. I'm sure they're fine being alone, they probably even like it sometimes. I'm just really awkward.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:02 PM
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Add me to the list of "never even thought of it being weird" people.

I don't ever really go out to eat by myself though, I'm too cheap, and if I'm going to pay someone to make me food, I want to make it a date or other special fun time.
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ETA: I honestly didn't know this was a source of stress for people until I went to college.
Oddly enough there are also people who get anxiety about eating in front of other people - mostly I hear this from women about eating in front of men, which makes the fact that dinner dates are incredibly common rather difficult I would think. My mom was dating my dad for a LONG time before she would eat in front of him...
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I selected "other", because while I can and would eat at a restaurant alone, I'd rather not.

ETA: It's not because I feel it's weird, or uncomfortable, or anything like that. I just usually can't justify spending restaurant money on only myself.
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You mean you go out to eat with other people??
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