Politics and religion are traditionally the topics one should steer clear of at the table. But not any more, it seems.


New research has revealed that sex, income and social media now rank higher among our most hated subject matters at a typical, mixed sex dinner party.


In fact, the poll of 1,000 Americans by Zogby for lifestyle website Living Mactavish found that discussing your Facebook profile or Twitter following is now a greater conversational taboo than death or serious illness.

Susan Mactavish Best, founder of Living Mactavish, and a renowned entertaining and lifestyle guru, commissioned the poll because she feels Americans no longer entertain at home enough.


The poll asked 1,000 Americans the following question: Which subjects would you prefer to avoid discussing and/or consider taboo at a typical, mixed-sex dinner party?

  1. Sex lives of those present (59%)
  2. My income (53%)
  3. My own finances (51%)
  4. What birth control I use (42%)
  5. The state of my relationship/marriage (34%)
  6. Religion (32%)
  7. Politics (32%)
  8. Race (24%)
  9. My Facebook or online dating profile (22%)
  10. How many Facebook friends/Twitter followers I have(21%)
  11. Death (19%)
  12. Serious sickness/ill-health (18%)
  13. I'd discuss any of them (14%)

'I want to save the world one dinner party at a time,' she said.

'As part of that, I first want to help folks understand some of the do's and don'ts of good dinner party conversation.'

Mactavish Best also pointed out that the results demonstrate an increased openness in our acceptance of intimate subjects.

'One way of looking at the results is that surprisingly few topics are completely off-limits,' she said, explaining that even two out of five people are happy to chat about the most taboo subject – the sex lives of those present. 

The poll also found that Americans are far more inhibited than the British.

When a similar poll was conducted in the UK last year, the percentage of Brits reluctant to discuss very similar subjects was far smaller – roughly half in many cases – than the equivalent percentage of Americans. 

Only 32 per cent of Brits, for example, would avoid discussing their sex life, compared to almost twice the number of Americans (59 per cent).

And over half of Americans (53 per cent) would not discuss their income, compared to just a quarter of Brits.

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