The allure of Starbucks

I would say about 40% of the people who choose to sit down at Starbucks are actually there just to eat and drink their purchases. But the rest of the Starbucks people who are taking up space at the sitting areas are working from their computers, meeting a friend, or having a coffee date. It makes me think about how on Friends the coffeehouse is hub where people do more than just order coffee and muffins. But I wonder why that is? I know that Starbucks has the free wifi but there’s nothing comfortable about those seats to me and my local locations are so tiny. Do you visit Starbucks just to get your order and go or do you use it as the hub for work/social it has come to be?