Today we embark on a brand new initiative, along with our partners, the FMI Foundation’s Family Meals Movement, Acosta Group, Hy-Vee and The Association of Retail & Consumer Professionals – National Food Not Phones Day. Check it out at foodnotphones.com and join us.
On today’s Bullseye – Sally and I will focus on the reason we created Food Not Phones Day. It all started when we read the Surgeon General Report on loneliness, more on that in a minute. Research has revealed that the more often people eat with others the more likely they are to feel happy and satisfied with their lives. New research from the University of Oxford has revealed that the more often people eat with others, the more likely they are to feel happy and satisfied with their lives. Researchers found that people who eat socially are more likely to feel better about themselves and have a wider social network capable of providing social and emotional support. Despite the clear correlation between social eating and social bonding, with 76% of those questioned saying that they thought sharing a meal was a good way to bring people closer together.