I am no socialite. In fact sometimes I wonder if I am even social. My idea of a perfect evening is to leave home at 5.30pm, have a cocktail before dinner, eat something that I like – not something that makes someone else happy, wave goodbye at 8.00pm and be home by 8.30pm. Then I can shower, get in my pjs and watch Masterchef.
Life just doesn’t get better.
I am not alone. camparigirl loves a good night in. My pal Manu is a long time fan – driving her family demented. sofamother likes nothing more than to get into her pjs in the early evening, sashaying through around 6.30pm with her kindle in hand. Happy as Larry. And the four of us are not a sparse crowd – I checked with a couple of other pals and, apparently, the affliction is widespread. There is even an acronym for it.
We’re all suffering from JOMO – the joy of missing out.
So – why? What makes us want to stay at home? Well – a quick poll reveals the following:
- I can eat what I want
- I can eat when I want
- I can hear what people are saying
- There are no crowds
- I can leave when I want
- I don’t have to deal with people being late
- I can do what I want
- I can wear what I want
- I don’t have to listen to other people’s nonsense
- My bed is close
According to the in-depth research I conducted, (ok, a brief stroll through the internet – one that revealed that my clever headline has been used before – but so what) JOMO is on the rise. The advent of 24/7 connectivity, with phones, internet, Facebook and messaging making us available and keeping us contactable, has left us feeling assailed by other people constantly. And it is making us stressed. As Greta Garbo said: “I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ There is all the difference.” We need to get away from it all. By staying at home.
I still like to host the odd evening, especially in McGregor and I’ve developed a couple of phrases to ensure that it doesn’t get out of hand and stretch past 9.00pm. So, if you find you’re invited over – listen carefully to how I phrase the invite – everything you need to know will be there. You could cordially invited to come round for
– an early dinner
– a quick bite
– a couple of cocktails
– pre-dinner drinks and snacks
– a glass and a chat or
– late afternoon nibbles and a glass of something bubbly.
We’ll have fun, I promise. And you’ll get home in time for your favourite TV show.
So, if the phrase “I have plans for the weekend” makes you nervous. Don’t let it. You’re one of us.
See you on the sofa.