NEW YORK — The U.S. has a big problem: The most important people in the world have not been invited to a family get-together.
That’s according to a new study by the Pew Research Center that found that more than half of American families have been invited at least once.
The survey, released on Friday, found that only 15 percent of families have had more than one family member participate in a family activity during the past 12 months.
It also found that a quarter of families that have been given a family event invitation in the past year have been in the U.K. and Germany.
More than one in five families in the United States are not invited, said Dr. Mark Krikorian, who conducted the survey and who is also a professor at the University of California at Irvine.
Most Americans say they are invited more often than once, with the vast majority saying they’re invited to family gatherings and birthday parties.
But that doesn’t mean everyone gets invited to every family gathering.
Only 12 percent of Americans say that they’re asked to attend a family gathering every year, while a majority of Americans said they’re given an invitation to their birthday parties, the survey found.
About half of Americans, or 51 percent, say they were invited to their own family gatherings at least twice.