Southampton residents have lost that Friday feeling

Have you lost that Friday feeling?

Have you lost that Friday feeling?

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

YOU finish work, put on your dancing shoes and head out for a night on the town.

But according to a new survey thousands of Southampton residents have lost “that Friday feeling”, choosing a night in over plans with friends.

A study by Travelodge found 42 per cent of people in Southampton regularly cancel their weekend plans so they can catch up with lost sleep, aka a “sleep date”.

The survey of 2,500 people also revealed locals manage an average of just six hours and 39 minutes’ sleep per night during the week, below the recommended eight hours.

And more than half of 18-24-yearolds are more likely to choose a sleep date than partying with 52 per cent preferring their beds.

But the trend decreases the older a person gets, with two thirds of 45-55- year-olds opting for the night out.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman, said: “Sleep deprivation is a growing problem, as year on year people are getting less sleep. Discussing sleep has become just as popular as talking about the weather so it’s no surprise that more adults are forgoing a night out with friends for a sleep date, so that they can catch up on lost kip.”

According to the survey, work is the principal reason for residents’ reluctance to head out with 41 per cent claiming they feel more tired now than ever before due to their jobs and 30 per cent saying they sleep less now than a year ago due to work worries.

Money worries and family issues round out the top three things keeping us awake at night.

But at least half the population is remaining honest when cancelling their plans, although the most popular excuses remain faking sickness and lying about working late.

Top five reasons that are giving people in Southampton sleepless nights:
• Work stress (30 per cent)
• Money worries (28 per cent)
• Family issues (17 per cent)
• Job security worries (12 per cent)
• Unfinished household chores (11 per cent)

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8:03am Fri 28 Mar 14

SOULJACKER says...

I don't think the 'Friday feeling' is about the going out on the town nowadays because that is just way too expensive & way too unsafe in some places.
The 'Friday feeling' to me is being able to wear what I like (within reason) in the office, leave work at 3pm instead of 5.15pm & know that pretty much after 2pm my phone isn't gonna ring anyways.
Plus the fact I can have two days off until I have to go back to the 'Hell hole' & suffer the working week all over again.
NOW THAT'S A FRIDAY FEELING!
I don't think the 'Friday feeling' is about the going out on the town nowadays because that is just way too expensive & way too unsafe in some places. The 'Friday feeling' to me is being able to wear what I like (within reason) in the office, leave work at 3pm instead of 5.15pm & know that pretty much after 2pm my phone isn't gonna ring anyways. Plus the fact I can have two days off until I have to go back to the 'Hell hole' & suffer the working week all over again. NOW THAT'S A FRIDAY FEELING! SOULJACKER
  • Score: 8

9:04am Fri 28 Mar 14

Taskforce 141 says...

Perhaps if Southampton had something to offer its residents other than a few grottie bars and a couple of cinemas, then perhaps people may be encouraged to go out.

But who wants to go out to pubs and clubs these days when the price of a pint can be close to £5 and the normal attendees of such establishments consist of the dirty back wash found at the bottom of the barrel!

Southampton City (if you can even call it a city) is a graveyard! People cannot justify spending money on alcohol in clubs when it is soooo cheap in a supermarket and there seems to be job losses and pay cuts left right and centre.

Other Cities have all sorts happening on different nights of the week, including weekdays which encourages people out in to the night time economy, but here it seems no one cares...
Perhaps if Southampton had something to offer its residents other than a few grottie bars and a couple of cinemas, then perhaps people may be encouraged to go out. But who wants to go out to pubs and clubs these days when the price of a pint can be close to £5 and the normal attendees of such establishments consist of the dirty back wash found at the bottom of the barrel! Southampton City (if you can even call it a city) is a graveyard! People cannot justify spending money on alcohol in clubs when it is soooo cheap in a supermarket and there seems to be job losses and pay cuts left right and centre. Other Cities have all sorts happening on different nights of the week, including weekdays which encourages people out in to the night time economy, but here it seems no one cares... Taskforce 141
  • Score: 7

10:17am Fri 28 Mar 14

Beer Monster says...

If I was still living in the area, my friday nights would mostly consist of a pub crawl between wherever I was working (mostly Salisbury), through the centre of town and over to Hythe for a few before heading home. 10+ years ago my local (The Waterside/Splash's/A
rena) was still open and I could pop in for a quick nightcap.

These days I'm doing the same, albeit between Edinburgh and Ayrshire and with less need for a ferry ride in between.

Saturdays are my preferred boogie nights to be fair, especially if I've been to St. Mary's and we've got three points.
If I was still living in the area, my friday nights would mostly consist of a pub crawl between wherever I was working (mostly Salisbury), through the centre of town and over to Hythe for a few before heading home. 10+ years ago my local (The Waterside/Splash's/A rena) was still open and I could pop in for a quick nightcap. These days I'm doing the same, albeit between Edinburgh and Ayrshire and with less need for a ferry ride in between. Saturdays are my preferred boogie nights to be fair, especially if I've been to St. Mary's and we've got three points. Beer Monster
  • Score: 2

11:27am Fri 28 Mar 14

RomseyKeith says...

Southampton doesn't have much to offer. With cost of living going up, petrol, and now parking charges, and wages being tight, a night in is preferrable. Plus most employers cut back on staff, meaning the rest of us are doing the work of 3 people, and so are exhausted come Friday.
Southampton only has a few pubs, the Oceana (which costs double-figures just to get in, and is then just a few very small dance floors), lap dancing clubs, and cinemas. Plus, the atmosphere is very downbeat in town. Most guys walking around like the big "I am" trying to start fights because being a violent nasty piece of work attracts the ladies.
It just isn't worth it these days.
Southampton doesn't have much to offer. With cost of living going up, petrol, and now parking charges, and wages being tight, a night in is preferrable. Plus most employers cut back on staff, meaning the rest of us are doing the work of 3 people, and so are exhausted come Friday. Southampton only has a few pubs, the Oceana (which costs double-figures just to get in, and is then just a few very small dance floors), lap dancing clubs, and cinemas. Plus, the atmosphere is very downbeat in town. Most guys walking around like the big "I am" trying to start fights because being a violent nasty piece of work attracts the ladies. It just isn't worth it these days. RomseyKeith
  • Score: 2

11:40am Fri 28 Mar 14

Dasal says...

Said it before, and I'll say it again -
................"com
ing like a ghost town"
Said it before, and I'll say it again - ................"com ing like a ghost town" Dasal
  • Score: -1

5:09pm Fri 28 Mar 14

03alpe01 says...

RomseyKeith wrote:
Southampton doesn't have much to offer. With cost of living going up, petrol, and now parking charges, and wages being tight, a night in is preferrable. Plus most employers cut back on staff, meaning the rest of us are doing the work of 3 people, and so are exhausted come Friday.
Southampton only has a few pubs, the Oceana (which costs double-figures just to get in, and is then just a few very small dance floors), lap dancing clubs, and cinemas. Plus, the atmosphere is very downbeat in town. Most guys walking around like the big "I am" trying to start fights because being a violent nasty piece of work attracts the ladies.
It just isn't worth it these days.
Correct. And Taskforce141 was right as well. Southampton residents have lost the 'Friday Feeling' due to their being practically nothing on offer. What's here in the evening? Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Casinos and the trillion and one Cinemas. As you've already pointed out, entry prices into some of these establishments can be quite pricey in the evening and drinks prices are going up in bars and clubs and down in the supermarkets. And of course then there's the drunken violence and everyone's favourite- the evening parking charges. Why go out if there's all this going on and jobs and wages going down? Who knows what would happen if we had something different...
[quote][p][bold]RomseyKeith[/bold] wrote: Southampton doesn't have much to offer. With cost of living going up, petrol, and now parking charges, and wages being tight, a night in is preferrable. Plus most employers cut back on staff, meaning the rest of us are doing the work of 3 people, and so are exhausted come Friday. Southampton only has a few pubs, the Oceana (which costs double-figures just to get in, and is then just a few very small dance floors), lap dancing clubs, and cinemas. Plus, the atmosphere is very downbeat in town. Most guys walking around like the big "I am" trying to start fights because being a violent nasty piece of work attracts the ladies. It just isn't worth it these days.[/p][/quote]Correct. And Taskforce141 was right as well. Southampton residents have lost the 'Friday Feeling' due to their being practically nothing on offer. What's here in the evening? Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Casinos and the trillion and one Cinemas. As you've already pointed out, entry prices into some of these establishments can be quite pricey in the evening and drinks prices are going up in bars and clubs and down in the supermarkets. And of course then there's the drunken violence and everyone's favourite- the evening parking charges. Why go out if there's all this going on and jobs and wages going down? Who knows what would happen if we had something different... 03alpe01
  • Score: 0

7:42pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Lone Ranger. says...

03alpe01 wrote:
RomseyKeith wrote:
Southampton doesn't have much to offer. With cost of living going up, petrol, and now parking charges, and wages being tight, a night in is preferrable. Plus most employers cut back on staff, meaning the rest of us are doing the work of 3 people, and so are exhausted come Friday.
Southampton only has a few pubs, the Oceana (which costs double-figures just to get in, and is then just a few very small dance floors), lap dancing clubs, and cinemas. Plus, the atmosphere is very downbeat in town. Most guys walking around like the big "I am" trying to start fights because being a violent nasty piece of work attracts the ladies.
It just isn't worth it these days.
Correct. And Taskforce141 was right as well. Southampton residents have lost the 'Friday Feeling' due to their being practically nothing on offer. What's here in the evening? Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Casinos and the trillion and one Cinemas. As you've already pointed out, entry prices into some of these establishments can be quite pricey in the evening and drinks prices are going up in bars and clubs and down in the supermarkets. And of course then there's the drunken violence and everyone's favourite- the evening parking charges. Why go out if there's all this going on and jobs and wages going down? Who knows what would happen if we had something different...
I will send you something sharp for your wrists !!
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RomseyKeith[/bold] wrote: Southampton doesn't have much to offer. With cost of living going up, petrol, and now parking charges, and wages being tight, a night in is preferrable. Plus most employers cut back on staff, meaning the rest of us are doing the work of 3 people, and so are exhausted come Friday. Southampton only has a few pubs, the Oceana (which costs double-figures just to get in, and is then just a few very small dance floors), lap dancing clubs, and cinemas. Plus, the atmosphere is very downbeat in town. Most guys walking around like the big "I am" trying to start fights because being a violent nasty piece of work attracts the ladies. It just isn't worth it these days.[/p][/quote]Correct. And Taskforce141 was right as well. Southampton residents have lost the 'Friday Feeling' due to their being practically nothing on offer. What's here in the evening? Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Casinos and the trillion and one Cinemas. As you've already pointed out, entry prices into some of these establishments can be quite pricey in the evening and drinks prices are going up in bars and clubs and down in the supermarkets. And of course then there's the drunken violence and everyone's favourite- the evening parking charges. Why go out if there's all this going on and jobs and wages going down? Who knows what would happen if we had something different...[/p][/quote]I will send you something sharp for your wrists !! Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 0

7:55pm Fri 28 Mar 14

03alpe01 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
RomseyKeith wrote:
Southampton doesn't have much to offer. With cost of living going up, petrol, and now parking charges, and wages being tight, a night in is preferrable. Plus most employers cut back on staff, meaning the rest of us are doing the work of 3 people, and so are exhausted come Friday.
Southampton only has a few pubs, the Oceana (which costs double-figures just to get in, and is then just a few very small dance floors), lap dancing clubs, and cinemas. Plus, the atmosphere is very downbeat in town. Most guys walking around like the big "I am" trying to start fights because being a violent nasty piece of work attracts the ladies.
It just isn't worth it these days.
Correct. And Taskforce141 was right as well. Southampton residents have lost the 'Friday Feeling' due to their being practically nothing on offer. What's here in the evening? Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Casinos and the trillion and one Cinemas. As you've already pointed out, entry prices into some of these establishments can be quite pricey in the evening and drinks prices are going up in bars and clubs and down in the supermarkets. And of course then there's the drunken violence and everyone's favourite- the evening parking charges. Why go out if there's all this going on and jobs and wages going down? Who knows what would happen if we had something different...
I will send you something sharp for your wrists !!
feel free
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RomseyKeith[/bold] wrote: Southampton doesn't have much to offer. With cost of living going up, petrol, and now parking charges, and wages being tight, a night in is preferrable. Plus most employers cut back on staff, meaning the rest of us are doing the work of 3 people, and so are exhausted come Friday. Southampton only has a few pubs, the Oceana (which costs double-figures just to get in, and is then just a few very small dance floors), lap dancing clubs, and cinemas. Plus, the atmosphere is very downbeat in town. Most guys walking around like the big "I am" trying to start fights because being a violent nasty piece of work attracts the ladies. It just isn't worth it these days.[/p][/quote]Correct. And Taskforce141 was right as well. Southampton residents have lost the 'Friday Feeling' due to their being practically nothing on offer. What's here in the evening? Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Casinos and the trillion and one Cinemas. As you've already pointed out, entry prices into some of these establishments can be quite pricey in the evening and drinks prices are going up in bars and clubs and down in the supermarkets. And of course then there's the drunken violence and everyone's favourite- the evening parking charges. Why go out if there's all this going on and jobs and wages going down? Who knows what would happen if we had something different...[/p][/quote]I will send you something sharp for your wrists !![/p][/quote]feel free 03alpe01
  • Score: 0

11:40am Sat 29 Mar 14

Terry_Nutkins says...

There are some very interesting comments on here & they are all so very true. Alarming but no surprise since I have echoed similar comments for quite some time although it's a huge shame to realise the impact.

The responses give an important insight into the feeling of the local population...or those that "were" local but gave up hope. Forgive me if my comments seem sensationalist as that is not the intention. The impetus of the article is sensationalist & downbeat so I am no worse than The Echo. My impetus is exasperation at seeing my hometown systematically destroyed through decades of bad town planning & bizarre political decisions.

Southampton had so much potential but has been perpetually run into the ground by pitiful planning with a very capitalist, money grabbing mentality in the background whilst making very little (if any) attempt at building community spirit or inducing any financial outlay for the betterment of the populous. Now we are seeing the results and public reaction.

Many of the comments mention the disgraceful night-time parking charges which was never, ever going to work; only as a driving force (no pun intended) to keep people away from the already struggling businesses whilst the patience of people was already at rock bottom. Well done Southampton. Well done local authorities. Read the comments below this article & realise the cluster**** you have made of Southampton.

Follow the example of our football team & develop a clear but effective strategy with key personnel renown for their expertise or untapped potential. Use a committee to thrash out the best, collective decisions & consider your target market fully...in every facet so you ensure success. Then make the well founded financial decisions with that safety net beneath you. Even then, you make the odd mistake but that's more forgivable because you tried your best.

Use this evasive logic & foresight that has brought our club back from the brink (again, due to arrogant, greedy, clueless men who thought they knew best) because you, collectively, have ruined our city. European cruise destination, what an accolade. What a joke. I'd be embarrassed bringing tourists to Southampton.

It's about time someone capitalised on our assets rather than giving the impression of a money hungry town just desperate for money without a care for the community. Sadly, it's too engrained into the arrogant culture of the South Coast to catalyse any positive change. The slovenly, money hungry, uncaring attitude is palpable.

For what it is worth, I had that Friday feeling. Fortunately for me, I was in another town where I didn't pay to park in the evening & prices were cheaper. Even the taxi was half the price & we didn't tout up double the fare sitting at traffic lights & our drink prices didn't break the bank. At least in Monaco there is a reason for high prices. They have some assets. Broken Britain. Sorry Southampton.
There are some very interesting comments on here & they are all so very true. Alarming but no surprise since I have echoed similar comments for quite some time although it's a huge shame to realise the impact. The responses give an important insight into the feeling of the local population...or those that "were" local but gave up hope. Forgive me if my comments seem sensationalist as that is not the intention. The impetus of the article is sensationalist & downbeat so I am no worse than The Echo. My impetus is exasperation at seeing my hometown systematically destroyed through decades of bad town planning & bizarre political decisions. Southampton had so much potential but has been perpetually run into the ground by pitiful planning with a very capitalist, money grabbing mentality in the background whilst making very little (if any) attempt at building community spirit or inducing any financial outlay for the betterment of the populous. Now we are seeing the results and public reaction. Many of the comments mention the disgraceful night-time parking charges which was never, ever going to work; only as a driving force (no pun intended) to keep people away from the already struggling businesses whilst the patience of people was already at rock bottom. Well done Southampton. Well done local authorities. Read the comments below this article & realise the cluster**** you have made of Southampton. Follow the example of our football team & develop a clear but effective strategy with key personnel renown for their expertise or untapped potential. Use a committee to thrash out the best, collective decisions & consider your target market fully...in every facet so you ensure success. Then make the well founded financial decisions with that safety net beneath you. Even then, you make the odd mistake but that's more forgivable because you tried your best. Use this evasive logic & foresight that has brought our club back from the brink (again, due to arrogant, greedy, clueless men who thought they knew best) because you, collectively, have ruined our city. European cruise destination, what an accolade. What a joke. I'd be embarrassed bringing tourists to Southampton. It's about time someone capitalised on our assets rather than giving the impression of a money hungry town just desperate for money without a care for the community. Sadly, it's too engrained into the arrogant culture of the South Coast to catalyse any positive change. The slovenly, money hungry, uncaring attitude is palpable. For what it is worth, I had that Friday feeling. Fortunately for me, I was in another town where I didn't pay to park in the evening & prices were cheaper. Even the taxi was half the price & we didn't tout up double the fare sitting at traffic lights & our drink prices didn't break the bank. At least in Monaco there is a reason for high prices. They have some assets. Broken Britain. Sorry Southampton. Terry_Nutkins
  • Score: 0

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