Informal Poll

I just came across an interesting comment in a book. Supposedly, if people are in a restaurant with somebody, they look at their food more than the other person. If they are alone, they watch people more than their food.

It seems right, and I remember doing both things, but I’m curious. Is this what you do? Is this what people around you do?

Of course, the question doesn’t take into consideration the prevalence of phones at the table. So, do phones affect the original premise? Or does it still hold true?

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4 Responses to “Informal Poll”

  1. Malcolm R Campbell Says:

    If I’m alone, I tend to watch people unless there’s a TV set with something interesting. When I’m with people, I only look aat my food long enough to prevent injury.

  2. rami ungar the writer Says:

    I feel like when I’m with people at a restaurant, I divide my attention between my food and my dinner companions. When I’m alone, I read a book, because that’s more important.

  3. Sam Sattler Says:

    When dining with someone, I pay attention to that person.

    But when dining alone, I almost always have a book with me to distract me from everything going on around me.

  4. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    If I’m with someone, I’m conversing with them while I eat, looking at my food only long enough to get the next forkful. Alone, I’m likely to be reading or looking at my phone while I eat. I do check out the people around me, but once I’ve glanced at them, that’s it.


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