I think evening meals should be a time for the family to get together, and catch up with what is happening in their lives, and how their day has been. We always sit down as a family at meal times and listen to one another. Sometimes in our busy lives, it is the only chance that a family can get to actually talk to each other. Unfortunately, we never get the chance at breakfast as we are all just grabbing something quick, rushing around, leaving for work, school etc.
I think it is a good time to spend with your family, although many families do not or are not able to get together for evening meals. This only results in lack of communication between family members.
If you can then I'd advise everyone to use the time productively, talking and getting to understand what your children or other half has been upto during the day nothing beats the chat around teh dinner table.
Oh the purpose of the evening meal. Life is so hectic. Dinner is a time to talk, and not text. To hear about each other's day without the help of Facebook. To speak without the support of the online dictionary. To relate to one another. With only ...one another...