A recent study found that 48 percent of employees in the United States say their typical lunch break is 30 minutes or less. Another survey found that about 20 percent of employees have no lunch break at all.
MarketWatch.com writer Charles Passy wrote an article about the disappearing lunch hour. He found that even workers who do take a lunch break rarely dine at high-end restaurants. And many don't eat at all. He said that people, especially in new york, are going to get a quick lunch and that is it.
That's what Maribel, a bank teller, does. She told me when she's not counting money she's counting the minutes of her 30-minute break.
Like most reporters, I don't have a designated lunch break. I bring my lunch to work and usually eat my peanut butter and jelly sandwich while my photographer drives. Don't feel too bad for us. It's better than fast food, right? That is a growing -- in more ways than one -- option for many employees.
However these stats I mentioned aren't just a New York thing. They're nationwide but not worldwide. Apparently in Australia, a lunch break is mandatory.