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Party-goers preferring to spend time at home than hit the town.
REVELLERS on both sides of the Atlantic will be opting to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home this year rather than going out, according to new figures.
Surveys indicate that the end of 2013 will see the majority of British and American party-goers choosing to ring in the New Year at parties with friends or family, rather than hitting the town.
According to a survey by American toy company Hasbro, for the second year running, the majority of Americans will find themselves at home when the clock strikes midnight, with 79% of women and 76% of men shunning a night out.
The number is an increase on the 70% who said they had chosen to stay at home this time last year.
And the trend has spread to Britain, where, according to The Post Office, over 37 million Brits (74%) will be celebrating the traditional “big night out” as a “big night in” – over one million more than in 2012.
Of these, almost half (46%) are planning to spend the night with a partner, while a further 16% plan to either host or attend a party.
Thirteen per cent are forgoing the festivities altogether and opting for a quiet night in.
“It seems most people are looking forward to a celebratory night in, rather than a ‘big night out’ this New Year, and many are also looking to spend less this year too,” said Paul Havenhand, Head of Insurance at the Post Office.
Surveys indicate that the end of 2013 will see the majority of British and American party-goers choosing to ring in the New Year at parties with friends or family, rather than hitting the town. – AFP Relaxnews
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