15 minutes – the average lunch break

The average British lunch break is just fifteen minutes, according to a new poll.

The average British lunch break is just fifteen minutes, according to a new poll.

The poll of 1,000 workers conducted for Campbell’s soup found just 1% of workers typically take a full 60 minutes break from work or household chores – opting instead for an average 15 minutes – in which time they cram in much more than just lunch.

Some 78% spend their 15 minutes online. Less then one in five (18%) will use any free time to interact face to face with colleagues or neighbours. Instead celebrity gossip and sporting news take precedence for 43%. Almost a quarter spend lunch breaks writing and reading updates on social media sites Facebook and Twitter. 

Some 60% of us have lunch before 1pm, with the optimum time to sit down to eat being 12.43pm. Nearly a third of people don’t even leave their desks to eat whilst less than one in ten (9%) stretch their legs and go for a walk to the local shop or nearby park during their allocated rest time.

Due to work or household time constraints 43% admit to occasionally skipping lunch whilst a quarter regularly forego their break altogether, preferring to graze on snacks at their desk throughout the day. And it’s not just those who work who abandon their lunch break. More than one in ten (12%) stay-at-home mums said they simply forget to eat lunch, being too busy looking after their children and completing chores.





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