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Don’t Be That Person At The Table Who Can’t Use Chopsticks

Come on, it’s 2016.

If you’re anything like this sloth, you have no idea how to use chopsticks.

Of course, Molasses is a plastic sloth, so he has an excuse. You, on the other hand? It’s time to step up your chopstick game so that you’re not always the last one eating.

So pick up a pair and follow along!

While it is true that there are many ways to hold chopsticks, there is only one RIGHT way, and this is it. Ask any tiger mom. Seriously.

Let’s start with some basic form. Pay attention to the placement of the thumb, index finger, and middle finger, especially the middle finger. This is where most people go wrong.

Take a look at them separated.

The bottom chopstick should be sandwiched between the top of your ring finger and the crook of your thumb. The top chopstick should be held kind of like a pen, between your middle and index finger and supported by the inside of your thumb.

There’s no need to move the bottom chopstick! Let it chill there while the top chopstick does all the work.

Now let’s put it to the test.

See how easily he dipped that egg roll? You will have the most ~control~ when you hold your chopsticks properly.

Now that you know how to hold them, you should also know what NOT to do.

Never, EVER gesture or point at someone with your ‘sticks.

Don’t stick your ‘sticks vertically into a bowl of rice.

Never use your ‘sticks to pick up things other than food.

And do not play with them. It’s considered extremely rude. Chopsticks are a privilege, not a right.

In conclusion, there is only one right way to hold your chopsticks, and Molasses says that you will bring shame to your family if you do it any other way.

Now take your newfound ‘stick skills to Panda Express and show ‘em how it’s done.

All images Emily Chiu / © BuzzFeed