Smartphone users make a meal of Twitter at the dinner table

The growing prevalence of smartphones is now impacting upon the nations table manners it has emerged, after a new study showed that 18-24 year old diners now regularly read their tweets at meal times.

It found that teenagers are increasingly posting status updates in lieu of grace and sharing pictures on Twitter and Facebook between courses whilst reading emails for dessert.

Conducted on behalf of Mars the new survey found that 26 per cent of diners read a newspaper, book or electronic device at the table with around 22 per cent of us checking our phone.

Previous research found that fewer than four in 10 households still eat together every day as more and more people choose to connect virtually.

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