I’M WONDERING how long it will take before we lose the phrase “TV dinner”. Perhaps it’s already gone. Going through the daily reads over at IrishFoodBloggers.com, I picked up The Rise of ‘PC dinner’ as Britons eat at their computers, an article that appears in The Telegraph from earlier this week.
Whether it’s not being able to tear yourself away from the web that there might be nothing worth watching on the telly, the article looks at the results of a 2,000 strong survey that shows
- 60% of people had settled down to eat their evening meal in front of a laptop or desktop
- Over 20% had eaten their dinner hunched over their computer on a regular basis
- 15% said they had watched TV on their PC while eating a meal.
- One third said they were more likely to eat dinner in front of a computer than they were 12 months earlier
- 23% said their PC had replaced the TV as the main source of evening entertainment.
Looking at the figures, I’m not at all surprised that over half surveyed had eaten at their laptop or desktop and I’m very much in that bunch. I can’t actually tell you the last time I cooked a meal, went into the sitting room to throw something on the telly and enjoy food comfort and warmth.
For the most part when I’m in the kitchen, the laptop will be in their with me. I’ll be catching up on 4OD, streaming in US shows from the week past that won’t hit Irish screens for weeks to come, or I’m jumping around YouTube looking at food videos, hunting recipes and the likes. If it’s not the laptop that’s out watching something, the iPad is there and if it’s not the iPad, I’m browsing Facebook or Twitter on the phone. Something tells me I need to unplug more when it comes to dinner time.
The office at home, if it’s been a busy week of cooking, winds up looking more like a kitchen given the clean plates and empty glasses that tend to gather either side of the Mac.
That said, I don’t particularly like eating food at the desk or like eating food in the office (day office or home office) but given the serious increase in TV viewing – streamed, downloaded or otherwise – via the web, especially at Chez McGuire, it’s pretty much become an inevitability, so much so that the €30 a month subscription to Sky is going in the bin come the end of the month.
I’m sure I’m not the only one either. Has anyone (food bloggers in particular) traded their traditional TV viewing for web-based TV via the laptop / desktop? Do you find yourself reaching for your iPhone when dinner hits the table?