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UAE residents losing out on quality time with family

DUBAI: The UAE residents are surely cutting down on quality family time as per a latest research.

Nearly half – 46 percent – families spend less than one hour of quality family time together each day, Emirates 24/7 quoted a survey conducted by fashion retailer Centrepoint as saying on the eve of World Family Day.

Whilst 74 percent of respondents stated that they spent over three hours a day on average with their family, the majority of these respondents reportedly said that less than one hour of this was uninterrupted quality time, the report said.

Both work and technology were cited as the biggest distractions during family time (72 percent), with only four percent attributing it to distance for less quality family time, said the Dubai-based news portal.

The survey was conducted to study family time trends in the region for World Family Day which will be marked on May 15.

However, 80 percent of the respondents believe they could spend at least 15 minutes more per day with family, the report said.

“Respondents cited work as a key reason for not being able to spend quality time with their loved ones. Many people in this region have incredibly long working hours, and not everyone can commit to spending hours with their families each day, but most people can commit to finding little pockets of time throughout the day to commit to quality family time,” the report was quoted as saying by Emirates 24/7.

“That’s why Centrepoint has worked with key opinion leaders to develop family time tips, which allow families to spend at least 15 minutes more every day uninterrupted.  Every minute counts when it comes to family time,” Vinod Talreja, Director, Centrepoint was quoted as saying in the report.

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