When Hearthlings eat, they look for somewhere to sit down, which could be anything from a bench to a chair. I suggest two parts for benches;
- Hearthlings should prefer to eat in a chair next to a table, rather than a bench. Chairs that aren’t at a table should be treated the same as a bench in this regard.
- Benches should be used during idle time, where Hearthlings will sit at one looking around, relaxing. If multiple Hearthlings are in this relaxed state in the same area, they should then be talking to each other, as people do IRL in parks.
With this idea, I feel benches should also be scaled up, and allow more than one Hearthling to sit at them at a time. It was suggested here a while ago, but didn’t seem to get much love.