At what time does the average American eat dinner?

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Posted on Jun. 20th, 2008

This article <http://www.history-magazine.com/dinner2.html> is a detailed history of when people have historically had their biggest meal of the day. While this used to be lunch time, on account of the usage of the maximum amount of natural light during the day, Americans have evolved dinner into the largest meal. While the majority of Americans probably eat dinner between five and eight, some eat much later, much earlier, or do not eat dinner at all. And again, it is important to realize that it has a lot to do with individual and family dynamics in addition to time constraints from other activities. Many families don't sit down to have dinner together, making it particularly difficult to pinpoint a time to call the "average" American dinnertime.

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Posted on Jun. 19th, 2008

I'd say somewhere between 6 and 6:30. Really varies with what kind of family it is though.

I remember reading an article on the average meal time in other western countries such as the UK becoming progressively later.

Pretty interesting to see what our generation does as families grow less and less likely to eat dinner together at home around the table.

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Posted on Jun. 19th, 2008

The assumed dinnertime in America for an aaverage family is at 6 pm. Depending on the family members commitment and time constants, this may be skewed between 5-7 pm. Its also worth noting that some people eat at drastically different times, for example, elderly folk usually eat closer to 3 pm because they go to bed earlier. Also, on the other end, the "night croud" you might find in city clubs and such tend to eat later, at or around 7 pm because they stay up later into the night. A persons dinner time most accurately reflects their expected bed time. A family that eats at 11 most often shoots to be in bed by 11. This isn't accurate to a 1:1 ratio, but it is a relaive comparison.

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Posted on Jun. 19th, 2008

My family eats at around 6 , however some nights later like during summer it could be more like 7 or 8 due to the sun being up later and it being hot outside.

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Posted on Jun. 20th, 2008

I would guess it to be around 6:00. But it would vary depending on what time the person/people got off work, if they had a family, if they prepared a meal from scratch, if they fixed a meal that was ready to heat or quick to prepare because it was boxed, etc., OR if they went out to eat. The day of the week could also play a part in the time of the evening meal.

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Posted on Jun. 25th, 2008

I would think between 5:30 and 7:00. I think the average dinner time is later now than it was a few years ago because people seem to be working longer hours than they have before.

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Posted on Jun. 19th, 2008

Probably around 6, give or take. Although this is quite different from Europe where they tend to eat later, like around 8-11. When I went to Spain it was quite different because many restaurants only took reservations after 8.

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Posted on Jun. 19th, 2008

Between 5-7pm I would say. Probably close to 6.

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Posted on Jun. 19th, 2008

I'd say between 6 to 6:30. We usually eat dinner a little earlier than that.

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Posted on Jun. 20th, 2008

Between 6 and 7:30.. That is generally the busiest time at restuarants.

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Posted on Jun. 20th, 2008

6 or 6:30. I used to work at a restaurant and that was the biggest rush.

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Posted on Jun. 20th, 2008

My family eats at 5:30 because my husband gets home from work at 5 and goes to the gym at 6:30. So we eat as soon as he gets home.

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