Some of us can remember that eating out was associated with a special celebration or connected with business. In other words, eating out was an exception, not the rule.
I can remember growing up in the 70′s when my mother had a meal ready every single night of the week, and we rarely went out to eat. Eating at a restaurant was a treat. She never complained about the effort put into preparation of the meals, and for anyone cooking for a family of five can attest, it’s not easy.
Most people that work would say eating out is standard. Many find themselves eating out 2-3 times a day. Is it laziness? Convenience?