Stop doing public displays of affection when there is an odd-numbered wheel.
You all know what a third wheel is, right? What about a fifth wheel (The boy in the picture above is a 5th wheel)? Well they’re essentially the same thing as a 7th, 9th, and 11th wheel, and so on…
It’s the person (boy or girl) within a group of people who is without a date or some sort of significant other. This person generally feels like they don’t belong or feels like they are intruding. He or she is usually the person left to entertain his or her self because the other people in the group are too busy with their date or significant other and are too selfish to think to themselves “hey, we don’t want so and so to feel left out.”
Now that you know what an odd-numbered wheel in a group is, here is what you need to stop doing…
Stop being all lovey-dovey with your partner. Stop making the odd-numbered wheel feel awkward when you’re making out with your significant other. Stop making that person feel uncomfortable as you grope your girlfriend’s leg. Stop making that person feel left out or unimportant as you laugh and smile and look into each others’ eyes. Stop ignoring them and making them feel unwanted. Stop only thinking about your happiness.
So what’s off-limits? EVERYTHING. Stop holding hands. Stop making out. Stop sitting on each others’ laps. Stop flirting. Stop whispering in each others’ ears. Stop rubbing and/or massaging each other. Stop with the stupid Eskimo kisses. You’ll have plenty of time to do this during your private time.
Some examples of what you need to stop doing:
Keep in mind, the reason you need to stop with the public displays of affection (PDA) when there is an odd-numbered wheel is not because it’s “gross” or because you should “get a room,” it’s out of consideration for other peoples’ feelings.
Stop doing this.