Daily Poll July 12

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The average British family wakes up at 6.57am, eats spaghetti bolognese on a Monday evening and goes to bed at 10.39pm each night, a study of the nation’s habits has found.

Families speak to just two of their neighbours, spend £88.02 a week on food and drink and have the TV switched on for nine hours a day.

Most families eat together three nights a week, at 5.54pm, with the average employee getting home from work at 5.15pm.

Britons were found to be creatures of habit, with Friday night being a firm favourite for a fish and chips takeaway for 28 per cent of people.

For the rest of the week, Tuesdays tend to mean pasta bake, while it’s chicken pie on Wednesdays and cottage pie on Thursdays.

Despite the attractions of the internet and other gadgets, more than half watch television together every evening. The nation’s most watched programme is the BBC’s Doctor Who.

The research, conducted by home energy management company AlertMe, also found that most parents spend two evenings a month with friends, while 43 per cent spend no quality time together as a couple at all.

More than half of all households have a mortgage but have paid off nearly 32 per cent of the balance. Trips to the cinema, DVDs and games for the children stack up to £15 each week.

Fortunately, the study found that eight in 10 families consider themselves to be “happy” or “very happy” and 70 per cent of the adults polled described their household as “completely normal”. Mothers still bear the brunt of chores around the house, according to the survey, with 54 per cent of women doing four hours and 24 minutes of housework a week.

The average British family has £3,280 in savings and adults carry £20.62 in cash with them.

Fifty-seven per cent of people said they had been affected by the economic downturn, while two thirds said it had left them with less disposable income.