Study Says Families in UK See Each Other Only 12 Times a Year

by Rajshri on  March 14, 2010 at 9:48 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Study Says Families in UK See Each Other Only 12 Times a Year
An average family meets up once a month since siblings, parents and grandparents live so far apart, a new British study has revealed.

The survey, carried out by Giovanni Rana fresh pasta, also found that a third of people have no time for a family get-together even once a year or more, while about one-tenth meet their family once every two years.bout a third of the 3,000 respondents said they had no plans to see their mum this weekend for Mother's Day.

"There was a time when getting together with all of the family, including grandparents was a regular occasion," the Telegraph quoted a spokesman for Giovanni Rana fresh pasta, as saying.

He went on: "A big family roast every Sunday or a day out together once a week was not uncommon a few decades ago.

"Now, some people aren't even planning on getting together with the parents and grandparents on Mother's Day, a day that used to be set aside specifically for family time.

"It's a shame that regular family time has fallen by the wayside, with many children potentially growing up seeing their grandparents just a few times a year."

He added: "Many people no longer live in the same town as all of their family like we used to, and our lives are becoming busier than ever, especially if you have young children to ferry around.

"But it's important to get together as often as possible and spend some quality time together as a family."

The study also showed that two thirds of people only meet families on 'special occasions' like birthdays, weddings or funerals.

And 80percent participants said there are some family members they only get to see at these events.

The poll also saw 51percent saying their family doesn't spend enough time together.

Six out of ten hoped they could spend more time together.

Twenty-two per cent people even revealed having quarrelled with their family over the lack of time they spend together.

Sons were found to be the worst for making an effort to visit.

One-fourth said mums are the ones who get everyone together, yet more than half said mothers are also left to do the cooking for the family.

"Nothing should be more important than family, and it's a shame that the hectic pace of modern life sometimes means that we can't prioritise our nearest and dearest as much as we would like," the Giovanni Rana spokesman added.

Source: ANI

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