14 April 2015
• More than three quarters (80%) of British women prefer to spend a night in than have a night on the tiles
• The cost is the number one complaint with the average woman spending £67,000 on nights out in her lifetime
• Four out of five (81%) women admit making up excuses to avoid a night out
• Macmillan Cancer Support invites the nation to embrace JOMO, the Joy of Missing Out, and take part in its ‘Night In’ fundraising event this May.
London, Tuesday 14 April 2015 - More than three quarters of British women (80%) would prefer to have a night in than go out, a new survey by Macmillan Cancer Support has found.
The number one complaint about going out was found to be the cost (70%), with an average night out costing nearly twice as much as the average night in (£41.30 compared to £25.60). In fact, the survey revealed that the average woman will spend approximately £67,000 on going out over the course of her lifetime.
Other major drawbacks of going out include the hassle of getting there and back (55%), queuing at the bar (46%) and contending with ‘lairy’ drunk people (44%). Meanwhile 37% admitted that a night out has resulted in injury and nearly half (47%) haven’t been able to remember the end of an evening.
A night in is so coveted by British women that four out of five (81%) admit they actually make up excuses to avoid going out. The most popular ploys used in the desire for downtime are alleging that they don’t feel well (55%), can’t afford it (54%), or that they’re simply too tired to go out (54%). Interestingly, women from the North East were twice as likely as women from the Midlands to make up an excuse.
Not only do women prefer a night in but a massive 88% have wished they’d stayed at home whilst they were on a night out. In comparison, the majority said that a night in resulted in a more relaxing (65%), cheaper (62%) catch-up that allowed them to spend quality time with friends (56%).
Women in East Anglia were the biggest fans of a night in across the UK - 93% said they preferred it to a night out - compared with women in London who scored the lowest at 71%.
Leading TV medic and wellbeing expert Dr Ellie Cannon said, “Modern day life is hectic with all kinds of stresses and strains, but taking a step back every now and then to enjoy a night in can be hugely beneficial. Figuring out what makes you happy and living life on your own terms is what it’s all about”.
In light of the research, which polled 2,000 women aged between 25 and 35, Macmillan Cancer Support is inviting the nation to sign up to their Night In fundraiser this May and celebrate the JOMO phenomenon (Joy of Missing Out) that is currently gathering pace.
Hannah Redmond, Macmillan’s Head of National Events Marketing, said: “Forget FOMO and your fear of missing out, this May is all about JOMO: taking pleasure in the joy of missing out and enjoying a Night In for Macmillan Cancer Support. It’s an excuse to step off the social treadmill, kick off your shoes and get your friends round for a Night In to support people living with cancer.”
Macmillan’s survey has shown there are a million reasons for a night in. To make a difference, simply register your interest at www.nightin.org.uk wait for your free Night In kit, chose a date in May and ask your friends to donate whatever they can afford on the night.
For the third year running, Macmillan’s Night In is proudly supported by Sheila’s Wheels.
Notes to Editors:
For more statistics, further information or images contact:
Emma Macdonald – Press Officer
0207 840 4903
Liam Colman – Press Officer
0207 840 4974
 Onepoll survey of 2,000 women aged 25 – 35 years old living in the UK. The survey was conducted between 9th March 2015 to 20th March 2015 and commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support.
 based on an average life expectancy
About Night In:
Now in its third year, Night In is once again proudly supported by Sheilas’ Wheels and is a fun, hassle-free way to help raise money for Macmillan and ensure that no one faces cancer alone. There are a million reasons for a night in. To make a difference, simply register your interest at www.nightin.org.uk wait for your free Night In kit and ask your friends to donate whatever they can afford to your Night In.
About Macmillan Cancer Support:
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.