A well-known approach to arriving at a public function.
It used to mean a few minutes later than the start time, so as not to make it hard on the organizer of the event by getting there too early. And whether some want to admit it or not, so that people would be "seen" as they arrived by more people. It scratched the itch of being more visible.
But here is where it's starting to get interesting.
I think we are more interested in being seen one way at a distance, than actually engaging in any conversation of substance. Of really getting to know others, and let them know us.
Why do we like to arrive "fashionably late"?
Because it's more comfortable for us. Because if we get there first, we'll be on the spot. We'll have to talk more, share more, listen more, and let people in closer to our world.
It's easier to mingle in short spurts in a crowded room, than sit down and connect.
So we find ourselves coming a little late, and leaving a little early.
Really think about it.
When is the last time you were so engaged in a conversation that you forgot what time it was? Who were you sitting with? Where were you? Why were you there? What were the topic(s) you were talking about, laughing so hard you cried, and hanging on every word of the person you were with?
I'd bet those are the people that you know the best, and know you the deepest.
If we really want a more engaged world that values relationships...
"...it MAY BE that..."
We need to arrive a little earlier, and stay a little later.