Not wanting to share food might just be the most foreign concept to Pinoys, especially because even if we have so little, we give so much. But it's true: There are plenty of people who aren't into eating off each other's plates or even splitting a meal when you're out together.
To some, sharing a meal is a really intimate move, something you only do with people you're really close to. Another factor is if the food is hard to come by or something you have rarely, you feel crappy about having less of it. For example, if you have one cheat day a week, the last thing you want to do is split that burger with someone else.
Some children react negatively when parents take bites off their plates, and according to Dr. Jennifer Verdolin, this move shows a form of dominance over the children. When the food isn't that great, though, and frankly something you regret ordering, most people don't mind sharing.
Another time people don't mind giving away some of their food is if they're getting food from whoever they're with as well, but "this usually only feels okay if both foods are desirable to both parties."
The key takeaway is that it's always better to respect someone's personal space (and food) and ask permission before you take a french fry off their plate.
Source: Refinery 29
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