Most People Don’t Spend Their Lunch Break Eating Lunch


Everyone needs a break in their day, but it seems while most folks do get a lunch break at the office, not many are using that break to actually eat lunch. 

A new UK survey, which could easily translate here, finds:

  • Only 20% of workers actually use their lunch break to eat lunch.
  • 79% of folks admit they actually eat their food while they work so they have time to do other things during their break.
  • The most common things people use their lunch break to do include:
    • Go for a walk
    • Go on social media
    • Do personal admin
    • Read a book
    • Read the news/newspaper
    • Listen to music
    • Play on apps on their phone
    • Cook lunch/make lunch
    • Catch up with family/friends
    • Go shopping

But it seems those people using their break to do other things are lucky.

  • In fact, 67% of people actually skip their midday meal, with most people only being able to take a real break three days a week.
  • 46% of people say they are just too busy at work to take a break.
  • What’s more, 13% of people say their workplace culture makes them feel like they shouldn’t take one.
  • Plus, 10% say they feel guilty taking some time in the day for themselves.
  • And then there are 15% who simply forget to take their lunch break.
  • Another 37% say they don’t bother because they don’t know what they’d do with their time. 
  • 43% of people usually spend their break time at their desk.
  • 70% wind up checking work emails or taking calls during their break.
  • The average worker is allowed a 40-minute break, but most are only taking a third of the time. 

Source:SWNS Digital