25 Situations That Tend To Be Way More Awkward Than Necessary

Posted by , Updated on January 1, 2017

You know the situation. You’re in the grocery store, and you see someone that you know. You both say hi, maybe chat a bit, and then go your separate ways. Then you see each other again three aisles over. Do you say hi again? Do you make a joke? Do you pretend you didn’t see them? These are 25 situations that tend to be way more awkward than necessary.

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Seeing somebody you know from far away and pretending not to see them until they are really close

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Then you have pretend you just noticed them.


Buying a plunger

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Hey, toilets break sometimes



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Why should we always be saying things in order to avoid awkwardness?


Accepting compliments

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Saying thank you shouldn’t be so hard.


Listening when people sing Happy Birthday to you

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Do you sing along? Do you clap? Where do you look? Should you just smile?


Talking in elevators

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For some reason, social norms dictate that we behave as though the other people on the elevator aren’t actually there.


When you get introduced to your friend’s friend and then your friend steps out for a bit

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Hopefully you’re not both introverts.


Conversations with uber/taxi drivers

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Especially when the ride is more than 20 minutes long. Either you make awkward conversation or you stare into your phone. (note: this applies mostly to introverts)


Your belly rumbling in the library

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And everyone just keeps reading (or at least these days the just keep clicking)


Explaining how you met your significant other online

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It’s getting less awkward, but it’s still pretty awkward.


Asking somebody if they can repeat something

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Especially when you’ve already asked twice.


Walking away from a yard sale without having actually bought anything

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Especially when you were the only one there


Using public bathrooms

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Between the bodily sounds and the gaps in the door (at least in the US), it can feel like you have no privacy.


Seeing movies by yourself

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Even though it is an activity that requires little to no interaction


Telling people something embarrassing about themselves

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“Hey, you…uh…you have some uh…food in your teeth”


Answering the cashier when they ask you to donate to charity

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Even though it makes perfectly logical sense to not donate, especially when you know nothing about the charity, this still comes across as awkward.


Discussing pay with coworkers

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Even though hiding salaries doesn’t benefit anybody. Except your boss.


Asking someone for your money back

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It might just be better to not ask for it back.


Waving to somebody too early

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And then having to slowly walk past them


Buying personal hygiene items

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Just remember, everyone uses toilet paper. At least in the west they do.


Correcting somebody who’s been calling you by the wrong name for a while

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Sometimes you just accept it


Walking out of stores where you didn’t buy anything

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This is even more awkward in many European stores where the only exit is through the cash registers.


Saying no to things

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For some reason this never quite gets un-awkward


Making friends when you’re an adult

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Dating is already hard enough


Passing someone in a grocery store that you already said hi to

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This is possibly one of the most unnecessarily awkward situations in all of recorded human history.


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