Accepted awkward moments are those that happen often, and are considered normal to some extent, so they are therefore in danger of becoming extinct from the awkward realm. A couple of these are observed in almost every situation we are in.. whether we are in a class room, or eating with some friends.
Let’s consider the example of the pizza box. When we first open a pizza box, what do you first? Well yeah, you look at it; but if multiple people look at it at the same, the size of the slices is really what is being looked at. Keeping this in mind, consider this: when you order a pizza at a sit down restaurant, there are several of these accepted awkward moments.
1) Who is going to grab the first slice? -Awkward mostly only if there was an exchange of eye contact beforehand
2) How big is the slice the first person got? -You would notice if the person got the biggest slice on the pie. It is especially awkward if the person reached across the pizza in order to get the biggest slice. Keep it safe and get the one closest to you.
3) Reaching for a second slice? -If there are 5 friends and 8 slices, those who are very hungry (and happen to eat slowly) will be looking at you if you are going for another slice. If you’re the reacher, avoid eye contact. If you’re the hungry dude, look at his plate; if he still has the crust left, he is officially a jerk.
Of course, there are more moments like those with just that example (e.g. what happens to the pepperoni that fell off and is on the tray?), but at least you get the idea.
Other things? Yes there are other accepted awkward moments.
1) When looking for a parking spot, and it looks like you found one but its actually a small car parked there. What sucks is that you slowed down for it, and the driver behind you noticed.
2) Accidentally staring at couples when they are made up of a very big (tall or fat, either works) and a very small person. Or when the woman is taller than the man (I personally don’t see anything wrong with it but it was insisted that I include it on here).
3) When you are on a walkway and realize that you forgot something and must turn around. I don’t really have a technique for making it seem normal, sorry.
4) Arriving at a shop or restaurant that is closed. They wait for you to park, and walk to their front door and then tell you that they are closed through hand signals. If there are other victims arriving as well, you try to be nice and tell them that it’s closed; but they just have to figure it out themselves by pulling on the locked door. “Why!? I told you..”
Eh, we all do it anyway.