Why you should embrace JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out) this New Year's Eve

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Remember FOMO (the Fear of Missing Out)? Well, 2018 is all about JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out). New Year's Eve is hyped up as one of the best nights out of the year, but is staying in really so bad? Here are six reasons why a night in with your friends or family (or just your cat) is the best option for an enjoyable last night of the year.

1. Beat the crowds

Crowded

Having survived the Christmas consumerism madness, the last thing you want to do is be stuck in the middle of another rowdy crowd trying to find your way out and not being able to see the floor. Staying in with people you love sounds much more appealing than being crushed by a crowd of strangers anyway.

2. Think of the dollar you’ll save

Save money

You’ve just spent a small fortune on Christmas presents and your student loan won’t be gracing your bank account for another few weeks, so it’s no surprise that you’re debating whether paying the hiked-up drinks prices and extortionate taxi fares on New Year’s Eve is really a good idea. You want to start the New Year with a bang, but maybe not completely broke.

3. You’re in charge of the music

Music

No cheesy tunes in sight. You can rock out to your favourite playlist, with no fears of Despacito being played five times in one night. You could even take this opportunity to watch some of the many musical New Year’s Eve TV specials – think Jool’s Annual Hootenanny, complete with the traditional Auld Lang Syne at midnight. It’s always a laugh.

4. Avoiding the freezing cold

Cosy

Would you rather face the Arctic temperatures outside, or be warm and cosy in your PJs on the couch? That’s a toughie. By staying in you can lounge to your heart’s content, you won’t be at risk of catching hypothermia AND you can catch up on missed cuddles with your family pet(s). Sounds better than relying on an alcohol blanket to shield you from the bitter cold, right?

5. Unlimited food and drink

Food

Instead of waiting half an hour to be served at a bar, you can enjoy an endless supply of alcoholic beverages from the comfort of your own couch. Those chocolates that you got from your grandma for Christmas are just waiting to be eaten too. And you might as well finish the rest of the food leftover from Christmas – that cheeseboard is just begging to be eaten. You’ve not had such good food all semester – might as well make the most of it!

6. You’ll feel amazing on your first day of 2018

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Or at least you’ll be awake to experience it! Forget hangovers, you’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on the 1st of January this year. Having survived a few too many hangovers this semester, you probably don’t want to start your year off with another one. Instead, you can get up raring to go and show 2018 what you’re made of. Here’s to JOMO!