More than a quarter of Leeds adults have ditched eating the evening meal at the table to eat in front of the TV every night according to new research.
The research, by furniture fittings specialist Häfele, found that 27% of the city’s adults eat in front of the TV every evening.
In contrast, just 21% of Leeds respondents said they never eat their evening meal in front of the TV and 21% also said they do so only once a week.
Chloë Thacker, Marketing Director, Häfele, said: “There are all sorts of contributory factors for this trend. One is that homes are getting smaller - so a dedicated dining area may be regarded as unworkable for some. But there are all sorts of clever design innovations such as pull-out tables or sliding worktops that can help to create dining areas in the tightest spaces.
“Also, busy lifestyles mean that meal-times represent one of the few chances to catch-up on favourite TV shows. But catching up needn’t mean balancing a plate on your knees. TVs are sleeker and flatter, and many people are finding room for a screen in the kitchen so that they can watch while they cook and eat.
“Certainly, the way space is used within the home is evolving all the time and norms from yesteryear are no longer relevant to modern living. Watching while you eat may not meet the etiquette standards of days gone by but individuals and families are adapting routines to better suit today’s lifestyles.”