In many countries, the tradition of families eating together is disappearing? Why is this? What are the effects of it to families and society?

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In several countries, there is (1) a worrying trend emerging towards the disappearance of family mealtimes. This phenomenon can be attributed to (2) frenetic modern lifestyles in the current ever-changing world, whose negative effects are (3) far-reaching.

(4) A fast-paced life characterized by a full timetable is the main factor (5) militating against family members dining together. In many countries, there is a strong belief in the link between fast and constant development and (6) increasingly fierce competition in all aspects of life. As a result, academic and employment requirements are getting tougher, resulting in heavier workloads and busier work and study schedules. In response to that, family bonding time is prioritized far less. Time spent at family dinners, which used to be previously the central (7) evening ritual, has now become a luxury in competitive economies like Singapore and Japan where employees and students finish work and return home hours after dinner time.  

The (8) demise of the family mealtime is (9) lamentable for its negative implications for family bonds and public wellbeing, in general. A meaningful gathering around the dining table is a prime setting for a family’s interaction and a basis for fostering positive relationships on a daily basis. Skipping family meals, therefore, might (10) provoke a sense of alienation, affecting the mental wellbeing of family members and weakening their bonds. On a larger scale, this trend would hurt society as a whole. Since eating together (11) embodies such values of family duty, commitment, and compassion, the loss of such a meaningful tradition could drastically (12) erode the core values of society, which is to say the roots of any healthy and vibrant community. This may explain why the levels of depression in countries like Japan and Singapore, where dining together is no longer a norm, are strikingly high. 

In conclusion, I believe the hectic life of the modern individual creates a range of barriers to family gatherings for meals. Since such a trend does (13) takes its toll on people’s relationships and society’s mental wellbeing, action should be taken to (14) reverse the trend.

(Written by Han Ngo – IPP)


1a worrying trendmột thực trạng đáng lo ngại
2frenetic modern lifestylescuộc sống hiện đại quay cuồng
3far-reachingcó ảnh hưởng sâu rộng
4a fast-paced lifecuộc sống hối hả
5militate againstcản trở, ngăn cản
6increasingly fierce competitionsự cạnh tranh ngày càng gay gắt
7evening ritualthông tục buổi tối
8demisesự biến mất
9lamentable fortồi tệ
10provoke a sense of alienationtạo ra cảm giác xa lạ
11embodythể hiện, hiện thân
12erode the core values of societylàm mai một các giá trị cốt lõi của xã hội
13takes its toll on Xgây tác hại, ảnh hưởng xấu đến X
14reverse the trendđảo ngược tình thế, thay đổi tình hình


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