CHICAGO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- In an effort to make customers feel more at home, U.S. restaurants soon may be adding individual TVs, Internet access and other goodies to the menu.
That's the word from the National Restaurant Association, pointing to its recent survey that shows 60 percent of families eat meals with the television on.
One in four people surveyed by the Washington-based group said they would watch a small TV at their table if their favorite table-service restaurant offered it, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Twenty-seven percent said they would power up their laptops if wireless Internet access were available.
Forty-three percent said they would use a terminal or kiosk to order food or pay their tab, if offered.
Hudson Riehle, the association's senior vice president for research, said diners' expectations are turning restaurants into "America's family room."
The report found that 43 percent of people consider restaurants "essential" to their lifestyle.