Few Gen Zers Grew Up Having Family Dinners

February 9, 2022

The family meal, once a regular part of American family life, has become a rarity. Americans who belong to Generation Z are far less likely to report having grown up sharing daily meals with their family than other Americans. Less than half of Gen Zers (38 percent) and Millennials (46 percent) say that their family had daily meals together, compared to more than three-quarters (76 percent) of Baby Boomers. The decline in family mealtime may come at a cost. Americans who grew up having regular family meals have been shown to have lower rates of depression and better relationships with their parents.

Survey Reports

Daniel A. Cox
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The Democratic Party’s Transformation: More Diverse, Educated, and Liberal but Less Religious

The Democratic party has experienced a lot if change in recent years, where is this change most prominent in the days leading up to 2022 midterms?

An illustration of the side profiles of four people. From left to right: a young white man with blond hair, an older Black woman with short, curly Black hair, a young woman with tan skin and black hair with a blue streak, an older man with darker tan skin with curly grey hair and a mustache.

Daniel A. Cox, Beatrice Lee, Dana Popky
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Politics, Sex, and Sexuality: The Growing Gender Divide in American Life

The March 2022 American Perspectives Survey examines the growing gender divide in American Life.

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Generation Z and the Future of Faith in America

Data from the American National Family Life Survey paints a complicated picture of religious change and disaffiliation in the country today.

Daniel A. Cox
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Emerging Trends and Enduring Patterns in American Family Life

The American National Family Life Survey examines the changing contours of American family life in the country today.