(When cleaning out the in-law's house last week, we found two sets of glasses - one crystal, and one from the local grocery store, from back when the grocery store gave away glasses as a promotion. The patterns were identical, but the grocery-store glasses, were of course, pressed glass. Up close you could tell the difference, but from 5-10 feet, it was much harder to do. And in fact, some of them almost got mixed together by accident. It illustrates how technology changes our appreciation of these things).
Shiny and glossy and mirrored, today, is seen as cheap and tawdry. The hall of mirrors in Versailles was the height of fashion back in the day. After all, mirrors were rare and expensive. Today it looks as tacky as Liberace's bathroom. Our tastes have changed as technology has changed. Maybe that is why people give electrical gadgets as wedding gifts now.
Eating in front of the TeeVee - or the computer - is a very easy habit to fall into. It does take some effort to prepare food on a plate, sit down, and eat together as a family unit. It is, however, more satisfying.