We all know there’s an age minimum to get into a bar, but is it possible to be “too old”? Legally speaking, no it’s obviously not, but new research from Currys PC World (a Best Buy-type shop in the U.K.) found that 31 is the median age most decide to ditch their club gear, opting instead to spend their evenings indoors with binge-worthy television and some convenience store snacks. In other words, 31 is the age we collectively pass the party baton onto the next generation.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t go out, but there is the threat of repercussions in the form of judgement from people whose opinions may or may not matter to you. According to a ruthless 40 percent of the sample, there is “nothing more tragic” than witnessing adults in their forties and fifties socializing in bars and pub-like settings. The oldest acceptable age, the sample deemed, was 37. After that, it’s off to the retirement home for you. Now scram.
Titled “The Great Indoors,” the overseas survey sought to determine the age social butterflies become homebodies. For many–myself included–this unexpected transition occurs when you settle down with a long-term partner. A staggering 70 percent admit they felt “relieved” when they met their soulmate because it meant they no longer had to survey the singles landscape and could instead embrace those oh-so cozy evenings in with a loved one.
But this sounds all kinds of lame, doesn’t it? It’s kind of sad. Almost half of adults admit they now “dread” social events or even leaving their homes. Thirty percent cited they’d rather spend their evenings plopped in front of the TV binge-watching a series. To them, such inactivity is the “perfect night.”
What’s worse, one-quarter of the sample spend their evenings posted on the couch browsing social media on their laptops and smartphones. These days, being active on social media is all it takes to be considered “social.”
However, 14 percent of those who prefer staying in admit they invite friends over, which is very standard as those around 30 have likely purchased their first home. What’s not, is what they do when they’re together. According to these results, people’s favorite thing to do with friends is browse Facebook. Which is…it’s pathetic. There’s no other way to put it.
Almost 30 percent of those who stay in still believe they have what’s considered an “active social life.” Instead of going out, they invite pals over for food and movies. Karaoke was mentioned as a popular group activity for homebodies as well.
The main reason people approaching 30 begin to shun evenings out is that six in 10 believe these evenings are just too expensive, which is understandable. Also understandable, albeit a bit whimpy, 30 percent avoid the bar scene because they can’t handle the subsequent hangover. And then there are these less credible excuses: 22 percent don’t want to get dressed, 21 percent don’t want to spend money on a taxi and 12 percent hate having to arrange–and pay for–a babysitter.
Since the results have been published, op-eds have sprouted here and there, each touting its own evidence and drawing from personal experiences to sully the results. But it’s not necessary.
If you want to go out, then go out. Do you really care what some Bambi-legged 21-year-old thinks of your presence in a bar? No, because chances are she won’t even remember you come morning and your seniority on earth more than vindicates your proclivity to party.