We Tend to Eat More when Eating with Friends/Family

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We Tend to Eat More when Eating with Friends/Family

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Did you notice that we tend to eat more when eating with family/friends than eating alone? a phenomenon researcher calls it “social facilitation.” But what it social facilitation you may ask.

According to - Wikiversity

Social facilitation refers to the tendency for people to be aroused into better performance on simple tasks when under the perceived observation of others, compared to when performing alone.


Yes, it is not a myth to eat more when eating with family/friends.

according to a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Research shows that we eat 48% more when we eat with friends/family than eating alone.

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Researchers from the University of Birmingham, the University of Bristol and the University of New South Wales analyzed 42 journal reviews on the subject to explain the phenomenon.

Two among those journals showed that depending on their immediate social environment on eating could be partly likened to meal length and social attitudes about the “appropriate” amounts to eat.

This phenomenon, called social facilitation, explained that eating with other people is generally more pleasant. This pleasant inside gives us the tendency to eat more.

On the other hand, We eat less when eating with a stranger. No, wonder why I eat a little on a marriage reception.

“People want to convey positive impressions to strangers. Selecting small portions may provide a means of doing so and this may be why the social facilitation of eating is less pronounced amongst groups of strangers,” said Dr. Helen Ruddock, a professor at the School of Psychology in the University of Birmingham and the study’s lead author

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