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The gravitational pull of the kitchen

Unless you live alone, there is a good chance you have noticed.

It's hard to be by yourself in the kitchen.

That's because the moment you duck in there to snag a beverage from the fridge or pop something into the microwave, other people appear.  

One moment, no one is in the kitchen. Then, in the next, there's a small crowd and someone is telling you “Don't back up” so you will not fall onto the open dishwasher door.

You might have been alone for a moment. But then, all of the sudden, your presence is blocking access to the spoon drawer.

Is this a social dynamic, a law of physics or what?

Yes, certainly, the attraction of food is one factor causing kitchen clusters. But it has to be more than that.

Could it be that, even in the age of social media, people crave togetherness?

Or is just that others in your household see you go into the kitchen and are reminded of something.

That something being, of course, snacks.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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