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What time do you (and your family if applicable) eat dinner/supper?

4 - 5 PM
3 (2.8%)
5 - 6 PM
23 (21.3%)
6 - 7 PM
45 (41.7%)
7 - 8 PM
25 (23.1%)
earlier than 4 PM
1 (0.9%)
later than 8 PM
11 (10.2%)

Total Members Voted: 108

Voting closed: January 21, 2013, 03:23:07 PM

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What time is "dinner/supper time" for you?
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:23:07 PM »
I realize that not everyone in the house can always sit down and eat together, but generally speaking, what is 'dinner time' for you?
« Last Edit: January 18, 2013, 08:44:13 PM by oceanus »

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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013, 03:26:30 PM »
It really depends on who I'm dining with. Dinner with my family? 6pm. Dinner in with friends/boyfriend? 7-8pm Fancy dinner out? 8-9pm Dinner alone? 8-ish
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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2013, 03:32:58 PM »
I am a morning person and tend to go to bed no later than 10, so I prefer dinner on the early side.  If I am home, I will eat between 6 and 7.  If I am making a dinner reservation, I make it at 6:30 or 7:00. I can handle 7:30, but get cranky if it's later than that.

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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2013, 03:52:07 PM »
We usually eat around 5:30.
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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013, 03:57:22 PM »
I put down 7-8pm.

Neither DH nor I get home from work much before 5:30, and we don't feel like jumping right into dinner prep from there.  A certain amount of downtime first is required!

Also, if we eat at 7pm then we can watch The Colbert Report and The Daily Show while we eat.


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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2013, 04:00:33 PM »

Growing up it was anywhere between 4pm and 5:30pm, depending on who was working where when, etc. We almost always sat down to eat as a family. Now i prefer it around 8:30 or at least after 7. I don't usually get lunch until 2 or so.
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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2013, 04:33:46 PM »
If I'm with other people, I'd say between 6:00 and 7:00, unless I'm with the morning person friend who likes to eat dinner at 5:30.  At home, it's just me and the cats, so I eat dinner when it is convenient for me.  However, I don't get home until 6:45 or 7:00.  By the time I do some stuff around the house, clean the litter boxes, fix dinner for the cats, then fix dinner for me, it is often after 9:00.

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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2013, 04:41:27 PM »
We try to do dinner at home between 5:30 and 6:30, earlier being better on school nights.

If I'm out with friends, we tend to eat between 7-8.

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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2013, 07:45:52 PM »
When I was a child, Dinner time was 5 PM.  That was when Dad got home from work.

Now, Dinner time is 7 PM. When we were both working, that gave me time to get home from work at 5 and make something decent before Mr. Thipu got home from work. 

We're both retired now but, since Lunch time is usually 12:30, 7 PM still works as Dinner time for us.   

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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2013, 07:48:52 PM »
Between 5 and 7 pm, depending on when lunch was, when VorGuy gets home from work, and how long it takes to put something together (if I've been working on something else).

But I do want to at least be ordering dinner (if we are going out) by 7 pm because I have to go to sleep around 10 to get up when the alarm goes off without being groggy the next morning (or taking a nap at some point).  With being a little oder and being somewhat hypothyroid, I "need" a bit more sleep than 7 hours a night.  I learned a long time ago that I did better with an average of 8 hours or slightly longer - but can "get by" with 7.5 or so for several nights without too much hassle from my body.  It's just happier with a bit more sleep rather than a bit less.
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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2013, 07:50:12 PM »
Dinner is the meal I'd eat in the middle of the day.  Supper is the meal I'd eat at night.  So none of the options really work.  I checked "earlier than 4" because of that.  (Because I've been around so many people that use it differently, I do often defer to the way it's now done and go ahead and use the word as the evening meal.  However, there's still a part of my mind that quietly says, "Ok, I'll do this because I have to, but that's not really the right word for this meal, darn it!")

ETA:  In terms of when I eat supper, it depends.  No earlier than 7:00 - sometimes as late as 10 or 11.
 
 
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Re: What time is "dinner time" for you?
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2013, 08:32:46 PM »
Dotty gives an interesting answer.  For me, dinner is the big meal, whenever that is.  Usually it is in the evening.  Probably eat it between 5-7 (closer to 5, especially on weekday).

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Re: What time is "dinner/supper time" for you?
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2013, 08:47:47 PM »
I edited (changed to dinner/supper).   :)

Strange thing is, when I was a kid we always used the term "supper", and supper was 5:30 sharp.  (hands washed, be seated at the table no later than that)  As an adult, I began to say "dinner".

Dinner date, out to dinner, reservations for dinner, etc.  Supper no longer fit.

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sometimes as late as 10 or 11.

I answered between 7 - 8 (usually, but once in a while I eat my evening meal after 9PM, and some people think that's awful (and unhealthy).  Oh, well.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2013, 08:52:01 PM by oceanus »

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Re: What time is "dinner/supper time" for you?
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2013, 08:51:39 PM »
Dinner for my family is between 4-6. Preperations usually begin at 4, done by five or five thirty... done eating by six. :)

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Re: What time is "dinner/supper time" for you?
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2013, 09:38:28 PM »
At home with my family, it's 5pm. Now that I'm on my own, it's usually between 6-8, though tonight I didn't eat till 8:30.
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