Post # 17
You are so not alone. I am 24 but I was never a “going out” person. I don’t like bars at all. They’re loud and smoky and crowded. I would always rather chill at home with a few good friends. Also, I’m a person who needs a lot of “alone time.” At least twice a week I looove to just sit all by myself on my couch and indulge in bad tv. This is pretty easy now bc the bf and I do not live together, but I don’t know what will happen when we move in! We’ve already agreed upon a man-cave and I think I might love Monday night football just as much as him (so I get a night of crappy tv alone in the living room! heh).
Post # 18
Broke, introverted, and in a city where I don’t know many people…yup, I don’t go out much!
Post # 19
I think it’s really easy to fall into this pattern of “oh, I’ll just say at home with my FI/DH/SO and watch tv” every night. You’re 22!! I’m 23 and definitely don’t go out as much as I used to (I went to one of the biggest party schools in the US), but again…I’m 23 and I’m not going to just spend my 20s in front of the tv. Bars are definitely not just for singles. I go out with my Fi and other couple all the time. I also go out with my girlfriends, some single some attached, and dance my face off. I just think it’s so important to have other people to hang out with and other things to do. The last thing I want is to fall into that slump of staying in before I even have kids. And even when we do have kids, I still think it’s important to maintain a social life.
Post # 20
I know exactly how you feel. We mostly don’t go out due to money issues and also loosing touch wit friends
Post # 21
but I can’t really complain cause I love my family
Post # 22
I think there is a happy medium– but I definitely feel you on the going out part. B/f and I used to go out a lot more, but it’s hard with how tight money is right now.
I’m usually just as happy catching a movie and dinner at an Italian restaurant as I am out downtown, but I still LOVE to go out. I was wild when I was 21-23, like Girls Gone Wild. So I kind of partied at maximum potential for three years and then kind of grew out of it a little. I don’t think bars are just for single people though– my boyfriend and I go out dancing a lot (or we used to before we were broke!) and we had so much fun. You can still be together and be at a bar. I agree with EAQ, lol, I don’t want to stop going out before I have a good reason to stop!
Post # 23
Sometimes I feel too tired to go out. I just want to stay home, watch FRIENDS or the Office, or play with my dog.
Post # 24
I definitely partied my fair share in my early 20s (I’m 29 now)… I went to college here in LA, so there was a lot to do at nights (think Hollywood clubs, Santa Monica bars, late-night diners, etc etc). I have noticed that I have fallen into somewhat of a routine of “I’ll just stay home with my Fiance and hang out”, but it’s entirely by choice. I would not trade in my partying years for anything. And even now, we will still hit up wine bars and lounges with our friends once in a while, and we’re still very social. Like @EAQ219 mentioned, bars are not just for singles. But this could all be a regional thing… I can see people “settling down” earlier in smaller towns and communities. Personally, I want to maintain a balance between home life and social life. Granted the balance will shift towards home life as we start a family, but the social life will still always be an important part to me as well.