The average British dinner lasts for just 21 minutes and is eaten in front of the TV, new research suggests.
In 2018, mealtimes look very different to decades ago when eating three courses around the table, with no technology, was the norm.
Just 2% of people prepare a three-course meal on a regular basis and more than half of
families (55%) now have a screen present when eating their meal.
The lounge takes precedence over the dining room for shared meals, with two out of five
people say they eat meals together in the lounge, compared to one in three in the dining
room and 20% in the kitchen.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, figures show almost half of Brits (49%) consider having a
meal at home or at a family member’s house to be the most important way of spending quality time together and 47% said they would like to do it more.
The survey, published by Co-op Food in partnership with Dr Patrick Alexander from the
Social Issues Research Centre, also found 43% of 16 to 24-year olds view smartphones as
a way of extending mealtimes, heralding the arrival of the ‘digital dinner table’.