The lights, the music, the somewhat blurry memories.
Whether being in a night club is a brief respite from the horrors of the 9-5 and living in a period of late stage capitalism or if it’s a place you pay for the privilege of having strangers repeatedly bump into you, is a matter of personal opinion.
But is there a point where you are officially ‘too old’ for clubbing?
Well, research conducted suggests there is actually an upper age limit to having fun in the clubs, Bristol Post reports.
If you’re in your thirties, you are already pushing it and research suggests you are officially “too old” to be seen at a nightclub at – deep breath – 37.
Researchers took a look into the nation’s social lives and revealed nearly half (46 per cent) of us dread nights out, preferring to cosy up in front of the telly, no matter what the weather.
And according to the respondents who took part in the study last July, 37 is the age it becomes tragic to go to nightclubs, with 31 emerging as the age we officially prefer staying in to going out.
Nights out being too expensive was the main excuse for six in ten unsociable Brits and a further 29 per cent said they simply can’t face a hangover the next day.
Nearly half said evenings out were no longer “their scene” and a further 14 per cent moaned about the unpredictable weather when hitting the town.
Having to get dressed-up (22 per cent), the laborious process of arranging babysitters (12 per cent) and the hassle of booking taxis (21 per cent) were also among the reasons adults are shunning evenings out.
A long-suffering 13 per cent of women said their feet hurt too much wearing high heels, so it just wasn’t worth the effort.
A staggering 46 per cent said they love nothing more than changing into comfortable clothes for a night-in – and 44 per cent said they like to kick back and slouch on the sofa for hours on end.
Three in ten of the adults polled said a perfect night-in would be devouring a TV series and nearly a quarter like to spend an evening in whiling away their time on social media.
Eight in ten adults polled said they feel relieved when having a night in and seeing friends posting pictures on social media of raucous, boozy gatherings.
The survey also found on a typical night out, Brits will fork out £35 – however the perfect night in with a take-away, drinks and snacks will only set you back £17.
Matt Walburn, brand and communications director of Currys PC World, said at the time: “The Great Indoors study recognises the fact that there comes a time when we appreciate our home comforts more than a hectic social life and it can often be a drag to play the social butterfly at parties and nights out.
He added: “Technology is a big lure of staying in and our findings show how it’s transformed home habits, with Brits proudly investing in their households more than ever before.
“It’s now almost impossible to get bored at home, with endless box sets and the latest technology, such as 4K TV, enhancing the in-house experience, so much, that it often surpasses its ‘outdoor’ equivalent.
“That coupled with social media, online shopping, and gaming with pals often means more pleasure can be had on a night IN than a night out.”
Some 37 per cent of respondents said there was nothing more tragic than seeing adults in their 40s and 50s surrounded by twenty-somethings in pubs and bars.
Of those polled, nearly seven in ten said they were relieved when they met ‘the one’ as it meant they no longer had to trawl the local haunts for a suitor and could finally embrace cosy nights in.
But 29 per cent said they still have an active social life, preferring to have big nights in, where they order in food, watch films or cook big curries.
In fact, 14 per cent said when they invite friends round, their favourite pastime is to stalk people on Facebook and 28 per cent play computer games.
A lively 17 per cent crank up the karaoke machine and 18 per cent watch box sets as a group.
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