It’s with fond memories that I remember lunches gone by. One hour in the middle of the workday to get away from a ringing phone, inbox alerts, and Twitter notifications to get to know Nancy in accounting or Johnny in Marketing. I’ve said sayonara to those days, replacing them instead with a steady parade of delivery men, or on a rare and special occasion, ducking out for pick-up. According to our newest Tumblr discovery, Sad Desk Lunch, I’m not alone. Over 62% of American office workers usually eat their lunch in the same spot they work all day, and Sad Desk Lunch is on a mission to chronicle these moments of midday depression we now call lunch.
From the leftovers of a feast enjoyed with friends the night before, to a Cup o’ Noodles that takes you right back to your college days, this Tumblr’s got it all. A bag of Fritos purchased from the office vending machine and a frozen mystery meal stolen from the company refrigerator (no name, fair game) are nods to our reluctance to leave the binding confines of office walls. Afraid you’ll miss something? Worried you’ll be replaced? Or have you simply stopped allowing yourself to enjoy Monday through Friday? Sad Desk Lunch highlights these questions with simple visuals of user-submitted photos of their own meals, and the thing that each picture has in common? A computer in the background (and likely disgruntled employee behind the camera).
It’s a simple concept, but this Tumblr serves as a great reminder to get out there, go outside, eat lunch somewhere other than your desk. We may be a ways away from Lunch Beats, but take the first step- tap your neighbor, and say, “Hey, wanna go eat lunch?” Today, this week, sometime soon. Who’s with me?
For more Sad Desk Lunch, visit their Tumblr page.