Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Time)   Restaurants now seating socially awkward single diners with giant stuffed animals to make them feel less socially awkward   (time.com) divider line 27
    More: Asinine, picture books  
•       •       •

4382 clicks; posted to Main » on 29 Apr 2014 at 8:03 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

2014-04-29 08:27:09 AM  
5 votes:
By the way, this is the second thread in as many days that suggests that those of us who are Alone and who go to restaurants Alone are supposed to feel BAD about it.  Has it ever occurred to Society In General that there are some people who simply function better when they're not with other people?  We are doing just fine by ourselves and we don't need your shaming or your pity.
2014-04-29 08:07:41 AM  
5 votes:

optikeye: DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.

WTF? The bar is BEST place for dining alone. You can chat with the bartender, get more drinks more quickly; and there might be a few other people at the bar area you speak with.


Sometimes a person doesn't want to chat.
2014-04-29 08:28:26 AM  
3 votes:
Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone?

Add me to the long list of farkers saying "Nope".
2014-04-29 08:08:13 AM  
3 votes:
I dine alone because I'm an unpleasant bastard, not because I'm a quirky individual that is just shy. Get this farking thing away from me if you even want me to come back!
2014-04-29 01:37:33 AM  
3 votes:
The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.
2014-04-29 09:18:18 AM  
2 votes:

imfallen_angel: So many losers... errr loners that prefer being alone than have company and be social, but then again, from what I see on Fark, I'm actually not surprised.  The odd thing is how much some stated things in a way that indicates that you can't function nor have any interest to interact with others in person, but yet, here you are on Fark stating to an audience of possibly thousands or more about how you're so "in" because you have no problem being a loner.

As a human psyche study, Fark is simply amazing at times.


Would you mind pointing out all those posts where someone says they prefer being alone? And state your reasons why people should never want to be by themseves/on their own? And the parts that "indicate" not being able to function or a patrhological lack of interest in interacting with others in person?

/your flawed study is flawed
2014-04-29 08:58:10 AM  
2 votes:
Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone?

No. Sometimes I'm flying solo and just want a meal that I don't have to cook and I don't mind sitting in public while doing so. I don't care about what strangers think so there's nothing to make me feel self conscious.

Just give me a window seat so I can stare out at traffic (or keep an eye on my motorcycle) while I read/ponder life/browse the web/whatever. If I wasn't ok with being there solo, I wouldn't be there.
2014-04-29 08:10:59 AM  
2 votes:
"gigantic stuffed animals are seated across the table from solo diners"

Yeah, that'll make you much less conspicuous.  Just get carry-out if you can't deal.
2014-04-29 10:12:47 AM  
1 votes:

houstondragon: Kwame, is that you?


+100

/took 99 posts?
//I didn't think of it either
///more caffeine everyone!
2014-04-29 09:28:04 AM  
1 votes:

maram500: optikeye: DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.

WTF? The bar is BEST place for dining alone. You can chat with the bartender, get more drinks more quickly; and there might be a few other people at the bar area you speak with.

I agree. A few months ago I was at a Chili's restaurant eating at the bar and this nice guy--about my age, relatively nice--started chatting me up and bought me a couple of margaritas. When we finished eating, we went back to his place and...

You get the idea.

/Still have his number
//Must...call...him...


Wtf? You call him 2-3 days after not a few months later.
2014-04-29 09:23:45 AM  
1 votes:

Pants full of macaroni!!: By the way, this is the second thread in as many days that suggests that those of us who are Alone and who go to restaurants Alone are supposed to feel BAD about it.  Has it ever occurred to Society In General that there are some people who simply function better when they're not with other people?  We are doing just fine by ourselves and we don't need your shaming or your pity.


I would amend that to say there's no we/they divide. I'd bet almost everyone would like to be comfortable eating alone when the mood or need arises. These occasions happen to everyone regardless of outlook and it should be no big deal.
2014-04-29 09:18:55 AM  
1 votes:

imfallen_angel: So many losers... errr loners that prefer being alone than have company and be social, but then again, from what I see on Fark, I'm actually not surprised.  The odd thing is how much some stated things in a way that indicates that you can't function nor have any interest to interact with others in person, but yet, here you are on Fark stating to an audience of possibly thousands or more about how you're so "in" because you have no problem being a loner.

As a human psyche study, Fark is simply amazing at times.


Just so you know, many of us study you for similar reasons.
2014-04-29 09:16:37 AM  
1 votes:
Never even occurred to me to feel weird about dining alone. Going to the cinema alone wasn't as weird as I thought it would be either.
2014-04-29 08:56:49 AM  
1 votes:

LaurenAguilera: I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.


Or a crossword puzzle. I used to pull 'em up on my PC and print them out to bring with. Now I have an app.

/Shortyz app by Robert "kebernetz" Cooper
2014-04-29 08:46:58 AM  
1 votes:
As awkward as a dinner with Kawaii?

www.independent.co.uk
2014-04-29 08:39:58 AM  
1 votes:

phaseolus: Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone?

Add me to the long list of farkers saying "Nope".


Also nope. Cripes, you're in a restaurant, not at a school dance alone.

/recall recently reading about robot dance partners
//probably also Japan
2014-04-29 08:33:06 AM  
1 votes:

FLMountainMan: I used to eat out for every meal and one or two of them was always alone.  Never saw the big deal in it.  Brought a book to read, relaxed, enjoyed myself.  I usually preferred it.


Same here.  I traveled for my job so I've eaten thousands of dinners solo.  I have a book on me wherever I go (smartphones have really made this easier) so being alone for a meal has never been any big deal.
2014-04-29 08:29:20 AM  
1 votes:
Approves:www.coffeecoffeeandmorecoffee.com
2014-04-29 08:23:42 AM  
1 votes:
Is this not Big Bang Theory material? If a person is actually quite socially awkward then this would make them ever more comfortable, certainly. Myself, and probably for most people, it would end up starting conversations.
2014-04-29 08:22:07 AM  
1 votes:

Madison_Smiled: What if I want to sit with Snufkin?


I guess... but that means I get Teddy Ruxpin. Woo! Story with my dinner!
2014-04-29 08:16:24 AM  
1 votes:
This is why I pay 5 people to follow me around all the time and look interested in what I'm saying.
2014-04-29 08:15:21 AM  
1 votes:
Because if there is one thing more sad than dining alone it's doing it with a pretend person.
2014-04-29 08:14:11 AM  
1 votes:
I eat alone 90% of the time. I like to eat out, I'm single, and my friends don't go out period.

Doesn't bother me, I typically just order whatever and read fark or a book on my phone. I don't really care what 'people think'. I'm there to eat.
2014-04-29 08:12:52 AM  
1 votes:

DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.


i've never had that happen

i've eaten alone many times...only times i've eaten at the bar (or at a counter, like at waffle house) were totally my choice. and never has my dine-alone time been due to a social awkwardness, either...sometimes it's because my wife is out of town, sometimes it's because i want to eat food that my family won't eat (middle eastern, etc). and even when i was single, i would go out sometimes instead of getting take out, just because.
2014-04-29 08:06:23 AM  
1 votes:
I always bring a book. A real book, hardcovered and old time-y...not my kindle, because f*ck it... if I'm eating alone I want to look snobby and pretentious like maybe I'm too important to have a dinner date.
2014-04-29 08:05:26 AM  
1 votes:
Can I bring my own giant stuffed animal to dine with, or is that improper etiquette?
2014-04-29 01:47:54 AM  
1 votes:

DrunkenYodaZen: The only time I feel awkward when dining alone is when the hostess is trying to get me to sit at the bar even though the place is relatively empty.


WTF? The bar is BEST place for dining alone. You can chat with the bartender, get more drinks more quickly; and there might be a few other people at the bar area you speak with.
 
Displayed 27 of 27 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report