Have you ever been in a situation where there’s a film you’re dying to see, but can’t find anyone to go to the theater with you? You have two choices in this situation: A) Wait for it to come out on DVD and then have this same conversation or B) Go by yourself.
Chances are, you’ll go with choice A.
It’s the norm to go to the movie theater as a social event (even though no one talks or even looks at each other). We go in groups or on dates, but never really alone. Why?
We can go shopping alone, or get our nails done. You would go work out alone, and no one would ever criticize you for watching TV by yourself. So why do movies bring a “loser” connotation?
I’ve often consider going to the movie theater by myself, but then think, “How will it look?” It shouldn’t be a problem for me: I live by myself, eat by myself, ride the bus/subway by myself. I am over the loneliness issue, but the thought of going to a theater alone freaks me out. I have this fear that if I did decide to take the plunge, someone I know would come in, and BAM! Embarrassment.
It could be ideal to go to the movies by yourself. Think about it: no one talks to you during the important parts or eats your snacks. On the other hand, it could also cause self-consciousness.
Based on people I’ve talked to, it’s normal for 30+ adults, especially those who have kids. But wouldn’t it be odd to see 20-year-old me at the movies, by herself? I feel like people would pity me.
Would you ever go to the movie theater by yourself, Lovelies?
Thanks to The Atlantic for reassuring that I’m not the only one who thinks about this!