5 Reasons Public Proposals Are a Bad Idea ...

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5 Reasons Public Proposals Are a Bad Idea ...
5 Reasons Public Proposals Are a Bad Idea ...

There are some reasons public proposals are a bad idea and knowing what they are is helpful if you plan to pop the question when other people are around.

Thanks to the internet, everything is pretty much for public consumption these days. Everybody seems to know what you’re wearing and how you’re feeling, even from a remote distance. Well, that’s because we’re pretty lax on our own personal privacy.

That’s okay, but sometimes too much is said and done in public. Come on! Don’t you think some things are better off kept in private?

One of the many things that have gone public these days is the act of proposing to a partner. For some strange reason, it has become a show for every Tom, Dick, Harry to watch and sadly, to criticize.

I know this is going to raise a lot of eyebrows out there, especially with folks who have really worked hard to make it happen. Nonetheless, think about it. Should you really be proposing in public?

Here are 5 logical reasons public proposals are a bad idea.

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It Gives People a Chance to Judge You

The minute you do something in public, you give everybody a chance to say something about you or your actions. It’s just the way it is. People will always talk and judge. It’s human nature to do so. According to a study posted on Time.com, the human brain immediately judges people. So by going public, you give everybody more reasons to judge you. The question is, are you comfortable with that? If not, this is one of the biggest reasons public proposals are a bad idea.

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Public proposals can be a romantic gesture, but they come with a lot of risks. Not only does it put a lot of pressure on the person being proposed to, but it also gives other people a chance to judge the couple. According to a study posted on Time.com, the human brain immediately judges people. Therefore, it’s no surprise that if you propose in public, you’re more likely to get negative feedback from strangers.

Furthermore, public proposals can be awkward and embarrassing for both parties involved. If the person being proposed to says no, it can be an incredibly uncomfortable situation for everyone. In addition, if the proposal is accepted, it can be intimidating for the couple to have to show affection in front of a large group of people.

Public proposals can also be expensive, as many couples will hire a photographer or videographer to capture the moment. This can be a big financial burden, especially if the proposal doesn’t go as planned.

Lastly, public proposals can be seen as a way to show off. It can be seen as a way to flaunt your relationship in front of others, which can be off-putting to some.

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It Creates an Awkward Situation

It may seem pretty romantic to propose in public, but the truth of the matter is that it can create a very awkward situation. Getting a whole bunch of strangers on board to find out if the person will say yes draws a lot of attention and curiosity that can be pretty awkward at some point.

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When you pop the question in front of an audience, the pressure mounts for your partner to react positively. They may feel the weight of expectation from the surrounding onlookers, and this can veer their response away from their true feelings. A hesitant 'yes' can stem from not wanting to embarrass you or themselves rather than pure joy. This coerced agreement isn't the most genuine way to start a lifelong commitment. And if the answer is a 'no,' that moment becomes etched in collective memory as a public spectacle – a deeply personal rejection amplified for all to see.

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It Bothers a Lot of People

A lot of public proposals require participation from complete strangers. The over eager guy or gal goes up to a complete stranger to take part in the whole scenario. Sounds cute, right? Well to some, yes, but to others it can be quite bothersome. Think about it. Why should complete strangers stop their world for one person who wants to pop the question?

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For many, the interruption can feel intrusive. When you're engrossed in your own day, being asked to play a part in a couple's intimate moment can feel like an undue imposition. It stretches the bounds of personal space and social norms. Imagine settling into a cozy coffee shop corner with a book, only to be drawn into an unexpected flash mob or a plea to hold an 'Marry Me?' sign. It's not everyone's idea of an ideal situation, and some might find it downright anxious-making, preferring their role as a bystander, not a participant.

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It Puts the Person in a Spotlight

There’s really nothing wrong with being in the spotlight. As a matter of fact, a lot of folks love the spotlight. There are some women who find it totally romantic when the guy proposes in public. Again, there’s nothing wrong with that. But think about it. Why put the person whom you truly love in a spotlight? Unless the two of have talked about it and you’re pretty sure of the answer, then go right ahead and put on the show. However if you’re not really sure of how the other person will react, avoid the spotlight. Pop the question in a more private venue where the person can really have enough time to think about the answer.

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It Really Doesn’t Give You a Chance to Talk about the Whole Life-Changing Situation

The act of proposing marriage to someone you love is not just romantic, but life changing as well. Anything that’s life changing entails a lot of serious thinking, especially between two people who have just decided to tie the knot. So think about it. Why allow a bunch of strangers to invade such a private and solemn moment?

Marriage is a serious thing. So think about it. Would you actually feel comfortable doing it in public?

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