LOOKING around the pub or club and all you see are people half your age? – It might be time to stay home instead.

A surprising new study has revealed when it is time to stop going out and settle for a night at home instead, and at what age it is considered “tragic” to still be clubbing.

A survey of 5000 adults entitled The Great Outdoors was conducted in Britain by Curry’s PC World and it revealed there was nothing worse than seeing people out nightclubbing when they are well past their prime.

According to the study, 37 per cent of those interviewed didn’t like seeing people in their 40s and 50s, who have outlived their invitation to the dancefloor, surrounded by those in their 20s at bars and clubs.

The results of the survey concluded that 31 is the average age at which people tend to stop hitting the nightlife, and that it was considered ‘tragic’ to still be clubbing at 37.

Of those who responded to the survey, 29 per cent said they could no longer deal with a hangover the next day, and that a whopping 80 per cent are happy to be on the couch at home when they see friends posting pictures of their partying on social media.

Almost 70 per cent of respondents said they were happy when they met a long-term partner because it meant their days of looking for a mate in the pubs and clubs was over and they could make the most of their nights in.

Matt Walburn, the brand and communications director at Curry’s PC World, said the survey “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.”

Other factors that put an end to the desire to go clubbing as we grow older are the hassles involved in catching taxis (21 per cent), booking babysitters (12 per cent) and “getting dressed up” (22 per cent).

Nearly 25 per cent of people said they like to spend time at home on their electronic devices.

The expense involved in a night out was also a reason for preferring to stay home for 60 per cent of those questioned, while 13 per cent of women said the aches involved with wearing high heels were not worth the effort.

Even if they had given clubbing away, 29 per cent of people said they still enjoyed an active social life, but preferred to have big nights in that included watching films or enjoying dinner parties.

While 14 per cent of those surveyed said their favourite pastime when they had friends around was to stalk people on Facebook, 28 per cent played computer games.

News Corp Australia

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