A new study into the eating habits and routines of 2,000 people pinpointed the heart of British meal times to reveal the buzz of activity our tables witness over the years. The typical British dining table endures 1995 drink spills, 1160 food stains and plays host to 594 homework sessions.
And it’s not just the kids working either: the research, which was commissioned by Italian pasta brand Giovanni Rana, shows the average UK adult will also complete an incredible 1,890 hours of admin or work on their dining table over their lifetime.
As for food, the results showed that when sitting down to their evening meal British people cover five different topics of conversation with film and TV the most common topic, followed by general gossip then politics. On average, Brits sit down to their dinner at 18.24pm and take just 10 minutes to clear their plate. While for a special meal or dinner parties, Brits stay at the table for one hour and 40 minutes on average.
More than half of those polled said they enjoyed more conversation, and found out more about their loved ones and how their day was at the table than at any other time. Perhaps that’s why nearly a quarter of people polled said the dinner table is the heart of their home.