Nightclubs used to be all the rage among young people, but it appears that millenials in this day and age prefer a night in than a night out of town. In fact, the Office for National Statistics has dropped night club entrance fees from its list of common goods and services when calculating the consumer price index (CPI). Over the last few years, hundreds of night clubs have closed, and while we can attribute this decline in interest to factors such as the on smoking or relaxed licensing laws, a recent study by The Guardian shows a much more diverse spectrum of reasons.
The survey rounded up 196 individuals between 18 and 35 years of age, the majority of which agreed with this sentiment. So says one Michelle, 24, who seems to summarize their collective disposition by stating “everyone needs a night out, but it doesn’t have to be at a night club.” Here are a few key reasons why this is the case.
The cost of clubbing is high
Even if clubbing was still in its heyday, the fact of the matter is that clubbing is downright expensive.
“Why be crammed in a sweaty club or be limited to a handful of mindless nightlife activities when I could be doing a lot more at home for less money, with greater cultural value and without the hassle of trekking out?” says Lucy, 25.
“I think dancing and sweating gross amounts to loud music is good for the soul. But you can now get cheap city breaks for the price of a good night out that you won’t remember in London. And city breaks look better on Instagram,” Harri, 27.
The perception of clubbing has changed
Alex, 27, states that “the reason we are less interested in clubbing is due to a combination of social media, being over-exposed and obsessed with how we want to be perceived to the outside (virtual) world. This stops us from letting our hair down for fear of candid photos being publicized online. There is also a lot of pressure to not drink, and not relax due to comparing ourselves to our peers with jobs, relationships, healthy lifestyles.”
Safety and health reasons
Ashley, 21, voiced her concerns about what it means to go out at night. “As a girl, going out to clubs can be quite annoying and sometimes scary if you constantly have to keep avoiding drunk people who may try to take advantage of you. I don’t need to worry about that on a night in.”
Alice, 28, also mentions that “There is a surge towards being healthy and a night of drinking is a real turn off. A few drinks with friends is nice but better to go out for food.”
They prioritize other things first
Ruth, 22, states that “with a competitive work environment and everyone looking for graduate jobs, I cannot imagine turning up to work hungover or tired on a weekday and still performing well enough to get ahead. Going to bars and clubs is too expensive, everyone’s too busy worrying about whether they will ever be able to afford a mortgage or children to throw away money every week on a club.” Read the entire study here.