Friday, February 14, 2014

Benefits Of Going To The Movies Alone

Who can I go to the movies with? We haven't made prior plans and I don't want to drag my friends to the movies. What if my friends see me? I don't want them to laugh at me. Where would I sit? I don't want to take up a seat, break up a group of friends, or look lonely. Why should I go see this movie alone?

The who, what, where, and why's of going to the movies alone. We've all thought about going to the movies alone while these questions run laps through our heads, but only a few of us have successfully completed the task. There are many reasons why you shouldn't go to the movies alone: you think your friends would laugh at you if they found out or caught you in the act, it might be boring, it might look desperate or lonely, and so on. But, really, are these valid reasons or silly excuses?

Would you let the fear of being seen alone stop you from the ultimate cinematic experience? Let's be honest, some of us may be fortunate enough to have home theaters, but even then it doesn't actually match the quality of a professional movie theater. So, there's your first reason to go to the movies alone: if you are anticipating a film, you should be watching it at the highest quality possible, regardless of who you go with. If you're bored at home, stuck watching b-movies on TV or Netflix, then why not get some fresh (popcorn and hot dog) air and step into an auditorium?

Will your friends or even complete strangers laugh at you if they see you alone? No, most likely not, on both instances. If they're your friends or acquaintances, then they won't laugh at you -- what kind of friend would do that? Maybe some teasing, but you're bigger than that, aren't you? And, strangers? They likely won't even notice you as they'll be preoccupied with their guests and the film. Being alone at a theater isn't something to laugh at, it's more like something to admire -- it shows clear attributes of confidence, and that's something many people lack nowadays.

Similarly, another benefit of going to the movies alone would be the possible increase in confidence. If you're reading this, you're either a fan of the site, or you need advice, or both. Going to the movies alone gives you time to reflect, and it takes you out of your safe zone -- your friends won't be there as a safety net to fall back on if you meet a new person. And this is okay, this will help you grow. I know it's weird thinking going to the movies alone will help you grow psychologically, but I honestly believe it does.

In other words, this is a fabricated issue -- it really has no importance. I place the blame on the heavy reliance on society -- everyone has to be seen with someone, or they'd rather spend the night in. Concurrently, I blame our generation for our constant overthinking -- this issue is all in your head, you're thinking too much! The benefits for staying home instead of going to the movie alone are actually excuses, the benefits of going to the movies alone are BENEFITS!

What do you think? Have you ever gone to the movies alone? Have I convinced you? Leave a comment below and let me know. Thanks for reading.

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