Have you ever eaten at a restaurant by yourself?
OpenTable, a company that specializes in organizing restaurant reservations for patrons, has noticed a 62% increase in reservations for lone diners over the past two years. This makes it the fastest growing party size in that time period, despite the fact that the default party size on OpenTable is for two. So why the recent change?
Bella DePaulo, social psychologist and author of “Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After”, says that the demographics have changed in recent years. More people are doing things, and buying things, on their own, where once it would be only couples who dominated the markets. DePaulo points to single people’s buying habits: buying houses, traveling, dining out; all are contributing factors to the independence of solo people. As more and more people do it, others see their ability and want to do it themselves. The former taboo on solo-dining is going away, as more and more people are saying, “I want to go out, and I’m going to do it.”
Do you think it is odd to eat alone at a restaurant? Which meal do you think is the most acceptable and the least acceptable to eat alone?
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