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ESSENCE Poll: Do You Think Your Social Life Has Become Less Intimate?

These days, millennials are attending less and less house parties and instead, finding pleasure in staying at home and watching Netflix. Are intimate social gatherings on a decline in your life? Do you think your social life has become less intimate?
ESSENCE Poll: Do You Think Your Social Life Has Become Less Intimate?
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These days, millennials are setting aside more time for ‘Netflix and Chill’ rather than good old house parties, according to The New York Times. Apparently, technology, the economy and various cultural reasons are to blame for the decline in house party happenings. 

The average number of hours per day 15- to 24-year-olds spent attending or hosting social events on weekends or holidays declined from 15 minutes to as little as nine minutes between 2003 and 2014. The percentage of individuals who attended said events dropped from 7.1 to 4.1 over the same span, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Not only that, but the number of high school senior homebodies who never attended parties increased from 11.6 percent in 1987 to 41.3 percent in 2014, according to a nationwide annual survey by the University of California, Los Angeles.

Of course, the common thought is that the Internet may be the major contributor of such an alarming decline. Social media offers false feelings of connection and Netflix, for some, may be hard to resist. Now, there is even such a thing as a “silent party” in which you a group of people party together, but with your own personal headphones on. Some say that technology could be bolstering more separation than connection, others beg to differ. 

What about you? Would you rather spend time alone than have an intimate night with a friend or two? Are house parties still a thing for you? Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below.  

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