Half of people in Europe always have an extra guest at family dinners: the television. This was revealed in a survey carried out by E.ON in eight European countries. The current TV schedule is served up as a popular accompaniment to pizza and pasta in particular, as in Italy 68 percent of households have the TV on during shared meals.
The British also particularly like to serve up the news, reportage, films or series along with their meals, with 58 percent of households dining in front of the television. Germany, where 37 percent of people tune in while they dine, is almost at the bottom of the scale, with only Sweden (36 percent) and Hungary (33 percent) revealing lower figures.
Something that’s also popular in Germany primarily is listening to the radio while enjoying a meal with the family. 23 percent of German households like to do so, while in other countries the percentages of households enjoying this form of diversion during meals is in single digits, for example in Italy (six percent) and Turkey (eight percent). Those who are not always watching television or listening to the radio might still use a smartphone or tablet during meals. This is most frequently the case in the UK and Turkey, with 15 percent of respondents from each country admitting so.
Although it was previously a popular activity at the breakfast table in particular, reading the newspaper has now been relegated to last place in the list of mealtime diversions. Now, an average of only four percent of European households enjoy this addition to the table. No newspaper subscription, but cheap electricity for television during the meal is available at: https://www.eon.com/en/private-customers/home-energy/power.html
These results are part of the ‘Living in Europe’ survey for which E.ON and Kantar EMNID questioned around 8,000 people in Germany, the UK, Italy, the Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Hungary.