Can Someone Explain the Whole Starbucks Thing To Me?
Ok, I wrote a blog recently about how tragically uncool and out of touch I am these days and this is just another example.
I recently met some interview subjects for a story I was writing for a magazine in a local Starbucks. The few times I find myself going into a Starbucks, I get what I want and get out of there pretty quickly. Unless of course I arrange to meet someone to interview there.
This time as I waited for the person to arrive, I took a good look around. First of all, the place was PACKED on a mid-day Sunday. This particular store had a long counter for laptop plug-ins and there were at least 20 people on stools on both sides of this working on their computers. Aside from them, there was the same thing everywhere I looked. There was maybe one or two people just sitting and talking over coffee.
And this caused me to wonder…. why is it that people like to do their computer work in a crowded coffeehouse? Do that many people skip subscribing to an Internet service and need the free Internet?
I can’t believe it would be conducive to get work done in that situation. I personally would be distracted at every person that walked in – I am a notorious people watcher. The orders, the conversation, everything would distract me from what I needed to do.
Now I do know some writers prefer to do their writing outside of their homes and many do it at coffee shops. This seems crazy to me. I just can’t see myself in a public place getting lost within my writing – EVER. I don’t know how those writers focus or get anything done.
So can someone enlighten me as to why this is THE PLACE to get your computer work/internet surfing/writing done, because I am really clueless. Perhaps someone hipper, cooler than me who can explain in terms I will understand, exactly what the appeal is.
And PS – if it wasn’t for the occasion Frap indulgence, I can do without their coffee too.