Since so many are accustomed to taking a drink of tea with friends or neighbors, it is worth drawing attention to the valuable social role tea continues to play. An invitation to "come over for a cup of tea" provides a convenient excuse to initiate a new acquaintance. Meetings over social media can never replace social tea drinking in this context. In factories and offices in the UK and other English-speaking countries, the tea break provides a much-appreciated escape from work time stresses, and it encourages camaraderie.
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