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12/2/2014

Families Prefer To Eat Dinner In Front Of The TV

Families in Britain now prefer to eat their meals in front of the television rather than around a dinner table.

The study of 2,000 people found that while fewer families are sitting around a table and having a meal together, more people are in fact eating meals together in the home during the week and on Saturdays but with the television or electronic devices as an added distraction.

The findings, which have been published as part of SSE's 'Home of the Future Report', revealed that 80% of respondents regularly ate meals with their families during Monday to Friday, while on Saturdays, 67% had dinner with "all the family". This compares to 58% on Sundays who sit down to the traditional Sunday roast.

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Elsewhere, 67% of people in Britain eat their meals in front of a television set.

Dr James Bellini, British futurologist, claims that while electronic devices can be a distraction and are now a part of our daily lives, their use does not signal the end of traditional family time.

He is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: "Worries that the digital revolution will destroy family life will prove unfounded. Online technologies are creating the 'networked family', where smartphone devices and the rise of event TV and shared internet experiences are enabling new forms of family connectedness."

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"Families in Britain now prefer to eat their meals in front of the television rather than around a dinner table."