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What are the rudest things to do at the dinner table?

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MIND YOUR MANNERS

NEW RESEARCH SAYS AMERICANS BELIEVE CHEWING WITH YOUR MOUTH OPEN IS ONE OF THE WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO AT THE TABLE.

THAT’S ACCORDING TO A NEW SURVEY CONDUCTED BY ONEPOLL ON BEHALF OF THE HONEY BAKED HAM COMPANY. THEY ASKED 2,000 PEOPLE ABOUT FAMILY MEALS AND WHAT MANNERS MATTER MOST TO THEM.

RESULTS SHOW THE MOST COMMON TABLE ETIQUETTE RULES INCLUDE WASHING YOUR HANDS BEFORE THE MEAL (49%), NOT TALKING WHILE CHEWING (46%), NOT SLURPING FOODS OR DRINKS (44%) AND USING UTENSILS QUIETLY (43%). 

OVER A THIRD (35%) SAID THEY FOLLOW THE SAME ETIQUETTE RULES THEY DID AS KIDS. ONE IN FOUR (26%) SAY THEY’VE CREATED THEIR OWN RULES AS ADULTS.

MOST RESPONDENTS SAY THEY ONLY GET EAT DINNER WITH THEIR LOVED ONES THREE TIMES A WEEK, DESPITE THREE IN FIVE SAYING EVERY DINNER SHOULD BE A FAMILY DINNER.

TOP 20 DINNER TABLE ETIQUETTE RULES

  • Wash your hands before you sit at the table - 49%
  • Don't talk with your mouth full - 46%
  • Don’t slurp your food or drink - 44%
  • Chew with your mouth closed - 44%
  • Don’t make noises with eating utensils - 43%
  • Discuss your day or encourage others to do so - 43%       
  • Spread your napkin on your lap - 41%      
  • No burping - 41%
  • Don’t play with your food - 41%
  • Don’t eat too fast - 41%
  • No books or newspapers at the table - 41%
  • Keep the TV off in the background - 41%
  • Clean your plate/eat all your food - 40%
  • Avoid reaching - 40%
  • Only one person can talk at a time - 40%
  • No phones at the table - 40%
  • No video games at the table - 40%
  • No tablets at the table - 40%
  • No toys at the table - 40%     
  • Coming clean, dressed appropriately for dinner - 39%

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