Thing are not what they used to be.
A single serving is an amount on the label showing you what is inside. For many, the single serving seems like an unreasonable size. Europeans visiting the US note that the Super Size is far too big, that a medium is really large, and few locations still offer a small. In reverse, American's in Europe find the portion to cost ratio to be nearly theft compared to the perceived value a full plate provides in the United States. A single serving is a relative sense or portion and value.
Dinner just for one.
Single servings are also descriptive of who you are sharing that meal with, no matter the size or quality. It is singular. It is alone. Psychology Today will explain that there are different types of loneliness and that the single serving is a perceived context. There is the kind of being alone in a new city, a feeling of being an outcast or different, and in some cases not having a pet rather than a person might provide that more profound sense. Both sides of the spectrum get addressed where a dark and lonely place is a front to deep mistrusts and friendless times or the quiet presence of missing intimacy while having people in your life. For many in the post-holiday season facing February alone there is the longing for having a sweetheart. You are surrounded by family, friends, and -co-workers, but no "one" to call your own.
I want you, body and soul.
In a 2018 survey by the BBC, results show that the largest group of people are the youngest included ages 16-24. There is a change taking place in our society from the perceived older generations being the abandoned to retirement homes cast aside to loneliness, to the reverse, a generation attached to devices clinging to technology and failing to be social in face to face situations. In a startling result, people who say they often feel lonely report poorer health. WebMD shows in a May 4, 2018 report that there is a paradox of "social" media that this isolation can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and immune system problems. Loneliness may be related to depression in several of the cases they reviewed.
How are you reading this post?
For many of you, roughly 68% based on data from my site, you are reading this on a mobile device. There is this free moment you find in transit to work. This is more interesting than the other activities you are performing or person you are stuck with at the moment. The internet, mobile devices, this modern age of information is supposed to help us live better lives. They were designed to be tools to help us, not hurt us. But they are more, and they are an addiction, a less challenging replacement for another stinky, smelly, and disagreeable person. A local Michigan city is currently considering a law that will allow the opening of a robot brothel. It's a catchy headline for sure, but just as quickly a reflection that we are in a science fiction universe where "loving a robot" is not a plot device on Star Trek. These are our Single Serving lovers. They are on the way.
Loneliness is a real problem. Many of you reading this today may have faced it from time to time in the last few years. The American size meals will only fill your belly in the short term and lead to long term problems. Mobility as a tool is great, but be cautious of addiction. In my upcoming work, "Combustible Punch" the protagonist is the survivor of a school shooting. The shooter, in this case, was outside the ordinary, faced loneliness, and never developed to the social skills one gets on the playground or through team sports.
If you see someone suffering, or if you are in pain, there are options. One of them could easily be to avoid the single serving and make it a meal for two.
Top-selling author Paul Michael Peters is an American writer best known for his take on the quirky tangents and morals of contemporary life and his recent novel, Insensible Loss.
His upcoming novel, Combustible Punch, is a thriller scheduled for release in 2019 that explores the psychological dance between that most unlikely of odd couples: a serial killer and a high school shooting survivor.
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