I work at a relatively small startup with, not more than, 10 developers. The guys either eat out for lunch or eat lunch two hours later than me, because they have a late breakfast, and I get my own lunch (health issues with eating restaurant food) and have lunch with two female junior developers of my team (I'm not their boss though). Conversations with them are mostly one-sided, as they are introverted and choose not to start conversation. They don't have much exposure to city knowledge, movies etc. and have less to speak on topics, I initiate (very decent and intellectual topics). Basically, boring people who just like to talk about each others cooking and daily-life trivialities (although they have come to accept me as a lunch partner).
It's been 3 months having lunch with them, and I also feel a bit awkward having lunch everyday with women. Would've been less awkward if there was at least one other guy in the lunch group.
Not considering any specific culture, how would management and colleagues perceive a straight male who has lunch with girls/women and also how they'd perceive the person later choosing to not have lunch with them? Would it be considered weird?
Not having lunch with the guys obviously makes me miss out on networking and bonding (although I do have a chat with them over coffee occasionally). Would it be more advisable to shift lunch timings to match the timing of the guys (at the expense of stomach acids eating up my stomach lining during the 2 hour wait)?