Why you should go out solo more often

A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research looks at why many people are anxious going out alone. Researchers find the fear of judgment from strangers plays a big role. But the report also says those who go solo enjoy their time out, just as much as they would with a friend. Rebecca Ratner, marketing professor at the University of Maryland and co-author of the study, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss overcoming the stigma of going out alone and enjoying yourself.


  1. I don't have friends that necessarily overlap with my taste for everything I like. I'm not going to miss a movie or a play just because no one I know wants to see it, and I will have dinner afterwards, so… basically, treat yourself

  2. I don't mind going to the movies alone, because I cannot stand when people start talking and asking questions in the middle of a movie. I prefer to go to the movies by myself. Even to Museums. But it's hard for me, to go to restaurants alone…

  3. idk i am SO weird. i wont go out alone in my own city. but if i travel out of state like say from here in washington down to portland im like ohh i can go out alone everywhere! lol kind of a weird little hangup for me i guess

  4. Whew, it takes courage to do things like that. I did it the other day. I went to the theatre alone. I was talking to the girl when I was buying a ticket. I told her I just got out of work. She was like really? She probably thought other wise. but I still I did it. It was fun.

  5. I never had any trouble or inhibitions about doing things and going out alone. I do it all the time. I can't stand being stuck in the house. I don't understand why it's so hard to be alone in public.

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