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19th Jul 2017

This is the age we are officially ‘too old’ to go to a nightclub

How long has it been since you've gone 'out-out'?

Alison Bough

How long has it been since you’ve gone ‘out-out’?

Yes, we mean out-out, as in set foot in a nightclub? Well, if you’re in the second half of your thirties and planning a night on the tiles with the girls this weekend, new research says you shouldn’t bother…

A new survey has revealed that 37 is the age we are officially deemed ‘too old’ to be seen a nightclub, with 31 emerging as the age we officially prefer staying in to going out.

Respondents to the survey, commissioned by Currys PC World, cited lack of funds and nights out being too expensive as the main excuse not going out. Whereas 29 percent admitted they simply can’t face the hangover the next day. Nearly half said evenings out were no longer ‘their scene’ and a further 14 percent moaned about unpredictable weather when hitting the town.

Having to get dressed-up (22 percent), the hassle of arranging babysitters (12 percent) and booking taxis (21 percent) were also listed among the reasons to shun a night out. A long-suffering 13 percent of women said their feet hurt too much wearing high heels, making it not even worth the effort.

A tracksuit-loving 46 percent of respondents said they love nothing more than changing into comfy clothes for a night in front of the telly, with 44 percent admitting they like nothing more than kicking back and slouching on the sofa for hours on end. Three in ten of the adults polled said a perfect night-in would be devouring a boxset and nearly a quarter like to spend an evening in whiling away the time on social media, the survey found.

Eight in ten adults polled said they feel relieved when having a night in and they see friends posting pictures on social media of raucous, boozy nights out.

Bad news for those who’ve had a ‘big’ birthday recently, as 37 percent of respondents say there is nothing more tragic than seeing people in their 40s and 50s surrounded by twenty somethings in pubs and clubs. Of those polled, almost 70 percent 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. However, 29 percent said they still have an active social life, preferring to have big nights in, where they order in food, watch films or cook.