So if home hosting is on the way out, what do people see their home as being a priority purpose for? Survey participants were asked to say the first word which sprang to mind when they thought of home and the top answer was hardly surprising; family.
If etiquette and service are low on the agenda, this could suggest that we see family as close enough that no airs and graces need be accommodated. This ties into the mantra for many families, who rather than wait to be offered a brew will simply meander to the kitchen and put the kettle on themselves.
Befitting expectation, other popular words associated with home included; sanctuary, comfort and relaxation, connoting the idea we see our homes as a space to unwind rather than uphold societal expectations and host a gaggle of guests.