Years ago, you’d be hard pressed to find a family that didn’t sit down to dinner together every night, but in this day and age that’s getting harder and harder. But on a positive note, it’s not gone altogether. According to a new Harris Poll, 87% of those who live with others say they sit down to dinner together at least once a week, while only 5% say they never have family dinners. And for those who do have those dinners, 93% of folks say it’s something they look forward to.
Not surprisingly, the reason most people aren’t having family dinners more often is because they’re just too busy. In fact, the survey found that 29% of people say it’s just too difficult to coordinate everyone’s schedule for a family meal, with unmarried people (36%) more likely to be too busy than those who are married (24%). And not making more time may be something they will grow to regret, with 44% of those polled saying they wish that they had more family dinners growing up, while 42% were perfectly fine with the amount of family dinners they had.
But just because they’re having family dinners, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re doing it at the table. Those that don’t sit at the table tend to eat in front of the TV, eat while using a smartphone or just chow down while sitting on the couch. While the survey found that 71% do dine at a table, 37% eat in front of the TV, while 22% eat on the couch. Even so, 90% of folks say phones don’t belong at the table during a meal….. Well, unless you’re photographing it! #AmIRight
Do you still have family dinners? Do your kids like eating dinner as a family or is it hard to get them to join you? At my house, we sit down together. But because I have two little kids, that often means sitting down for hours while yelling ‘EAT YOUR BROCCOLI!!’.