What you do during your lunch break depends in large part on where you work or what your job is. Lunch breaks are a great time to chat with workmates, or maybe get some alone time while you enjoy a midday snack to hold you off until dinner. But aside from the social aspects of the lunch break, how are people managing what they eat for lunch? Here are some interesting statistics gathered in a recent survey.
According to the survey of 500 American workers, 90 percent of workers buy their lunch at least once a week. People in the 42 to 49-year age range tend to bring their own lunches. Of those who are buying their lunch, 63 percent are going to nearby restaurants with 18 percent patronizing a cafeteria. Most of the people, roughly 78 percent who buy their lunches do so mainly from one to five different restaurants.
And now for some info relating to how much time people take for their lunch breaks. The food industry seems to have the shortest lunch breaks with 31 minutes being the average amount of time they take for lunch. On the other end of the spectrum are people in the media and communications business who on average take 58 minutes for their midday break. Over half of those who enjoy longer lunch breaks admit they often use the time to run errands.
Some people use their break to take a nap. The survey found that one-third take naps during lunch time, but the surprising thing is that those over 50 are less likely to fall asleep during lunch breaks. We’ve all heard how lay back the West Coast is, so we’d expect West Coast workers to be more likely to take naps. Not so, workers in the southeast are most likely to take naps and workers in the northeast are the least likely.
What you do for lunch depends on many things buts it’s interesting to see what most people do.