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The death of the family meal? Less than a third of families sit down at the table together

Time-poor parents will appreciate spending time together as a family can be tricky, with dinner time often presenting one of the only opportunities.

But sitting together at the table has also slipped down the must-do list with new research revealing less than a third of families gather together for their evening meal.

The poll, of 2,000 adults by Travelodge, revealed a mere 28% of British families still get together round the table to eat.

In fact, according to the data, almost half (43%) of families opt for TV dinners “most evenings”.

The research, which offers an indication into the busy lives of parents, also found as many as one in 10 (9%) of adults claim they are so tired, they often eat dinner in bed.

Overall, 7% eat their evening meal in the office before leaving work, while a time-strapped one in 20 (5%) have eaten their evening meal in the car or on the commute home.

It’s little wonder therefore that eight in 10 Brits believe TV dinners are a good option for their busy modern lives.

Almost three quarters (73%) also believe children and parents eating separately can make life easier all round.

Despite the decline in family meal times, many still appreciate the positives of getting together at the table with 43% saying eating together is the best way to bond and feel close to their family.

Yet 23% admit that when they do gather round the table, the main topic of conversation is how tired everyone feels, with a further 15% claiming that how stressed they feel also dominates the talk.

It seems technology is having an impact on the table talk too with 7% of British families admitting they don’t actually chat while eating dinner together because everyone is glued to their phones.