It matters (a lot) to some people where they sit and with whom when attending any gathering. Have you ever thought of declining an invitation to a party because you were dreading the seating arrangement?
How about the person who is assigned to allocate seats? It must be daunting because the person in charge of this task gets the most flak if perceived to be wrong. (my sympathies😊)
Notwithstanding all its positive intentions, seating arrangements can be alienating for some. If you’re seated with people you barely know, you’ll have to worry about what to talk about and it might turn awkward if one is unable to maintain a free-flowing conversation.
When a group of friends is made to seat together and you’re not with yours, the thought of being treated unfairly kicks in.
Seating arrangements can also be deemed by others as degrading. When colleagues are seated with VIP’s and at the front, you, who are seated with strangers at the back or in one corner, would perceive it as being undervalued. Would you attend similar events again?
For those who are not bothered about seating arrangements, they’d appreciate the idea that they ought to get know more about other people. They can worry about who they are going to sit next to but at the same time, they get excited in anticipation. They are aware that they have to adapt and just look forward to that part of the party when the music starts and everyone abandons their seats with pleasure to freely mingle with anyone. That part of the party where the goers just let their hair down.
Well, sod the seating. Just be yourself and have fun,