Sam Golden reflects on the importance of socialisation and how the covid-era has forced us to consider the true importance of a good night out.
In the last decade, the fixated idea of a night has almost become a cross between cultism and ancient tradition. Whether it be the Monday Club or a weekend bender, the basis of a night out on the town has remained the same. It would generally consist of meeting friends for pre-drinks followed by a group pilgrimage to whatever club or bar was on the agenda.
I think the prospect of any type of socialising now (especially for students) has been changed in a particularly interesting way. In our current transition to the post-covid era, it looks like we have really changed our tune when it comes to what we perceive and value on a night out. Before the pandemic, we relied on large night clubs and venues as the foundation to a good night out. Knowing that there will be a large contingent of people attending the likes of Havanas or Voodoo Rooms pulled us towards these lively nightlife areas.
As we continue to re-enter a post-pandemic society, it wouldn’t be too assumptious to say we have become a little more self-sufficient – almost autonomous in crafting a good night out. Although more planning is needed nowadays, it seems this has coincided with an increased appreciation for what socializing is. At the end of the day we are social creatures and generally long for human interaction. It makes sense that after several months of seeing a limited number of people that we would convert into this mindset of caring more about seeing others.
I couldn’t count how many forgettable nights I’ve had on Washington Street prior to the pandemic, but since September, there has been no lack of dull stories to dissect while hungover the morning after an eventful evening on the beer. The saying that “you don’t really miss something until it’s gone” is very applicable in this setting.
The hype surrounding a night out on the town is still there and probably always will be there regardless of whatever restrictions remain. But the point I am trying to highlight is that our behaviour has differed. Time has a lot to tell, but I estimate that this new found appreciation will be enlightening to us.