Telly grub ‘kills chat’

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

EAT­ING on the sofa is killing fam­ily time as TV gets in the way of talk­ing to each other.

One in five adults who watch the box over din­ner, feel they miss out on qual­ity time with their kids, re­search has re­vealed

De­spite 82% of Brits own­ing a din­ing ta­ble, al­most half snub it for the couch and one in 10 prefers to dine un­der the du­vet, a study for clean­ing equip­ment firm Bis­sell found.

A visit from the in-laws is enough to en­cour­age a fifth of Brits back to the ta­ble, as is the Sun­day roast which tempts back 38%.

Psy­chol­o­gist Ang­harad Rud­kin said: “Fam­ily lives are busy. It is tempt­ing to make din­ner ‘zon­ing out’ time on the sofa but mak­ing the time and ef­fort to eat to­gether without dis­trac­tion a few times a week can help us feel con­nected, ap­pre­ci­ated and health­ier.”

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