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Londoners ‘choose to stay at home rather than go out after the age of 31’

The age of 31 is apparently the tipping point when Londoners choose to stay at home rather than go out.

A survey of 1,000 Londoners found increasing numbers of people in the capital said they chose to stay in as they hit their 30s as the thought of having to dress up and arrange a babysitter loses its appeal.

Stay-at-home activities included watching box sets, “whiling away the time on their phones, tablets and laptops, and browsing social media”, while 28 per cent played video games.

But the most anti-social of the participants, some 14 per cent, admitted that even when friends came over to stay in with them they spent the time scrolling through Facebook instead of chatting.

Nearly half of people interviewed said they “dreaded” social events or nights out in their 30s and instead preferred to lounge at home.

Complaints included having to get dressed up, arranging a babysitter and dealing with the hangover.

Twenty-nine per cent of those questioned in the survey, by electricals chain Currys PC World, said they still enjoyed an active social life, but preferred “big nights in”, ordering in food, watching films or singing karaoke.

Amid growing financial commitments in their 30s, the Londoners surveyed said they were willing to pay £35 for a night out, compared to £18 for a night in.

The firm’s communications director Matt Walburn said: “Londoners appreciate their 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.

“Technology is a big lure of staying in and our findings show how it’s transformed home habits.”