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Why You Should Really Start Doing More Things Alone

An unidentified patron eats lobsters at a deserted outdoor cafe in Faneuil Hall in Boston Tuesday, July 27, 2004. The Democra
An unidentified patron eats lobsters at a deserted outdoor cafe in Faneuil Hall in Boston Tuesday, July 27, 2004. The Democratic Convention, and all the road closures it has brought, has driven a lot of people away from Boston for the week. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

On any given Friday night, bars, restaurants and movie theaters tend to fill up with people spending time with friends, lovers, and family. But when the weekend comes, those who find themselves on their own are likelier to be found on the couch, at home, doing something in private.

There's nothing particularly strange here. But maybe we're missing out when we automatically choose to stay in when we don't have social plans.

"People decide to not do things all the time just because they're alone," said Rebecca Ratner, a professor of marketing at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, who has spent almost half a decade studying why people are so reluctant to have fun on their own and how it may lead to, well, less fun overall. "But the thing is, they would probably be happier going out and doing something."

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