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This is the age at which you officially reach ‘peak boring’

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Do you look forward to a weekend where you don’t have to go to a party? Are you firmly of the opinion that you have enough friends now and there’s no need to make any more? Does the idea of a spontaneous journey fill you with dread? Is your idea of heaven going to the garden centre?

Congratulations. You have officially reached ‘peak boring’. Apart from the garden centre one, because garden centres are objectively brilliant, and often very exciting, particularly when there’s a 3 for 2 weedkiller offer on.

But when should you expect to look round at your sorry excuse for a life and realise what you’ve become?

Well, according to new research by Airbnb, the age at which a man will reach ‘peak boring’ is 39. For women, it’s a little younger – 35 – which means that men are either less boring, or are more adept at delaying the onset of boringness, in all likelihood by being immature for longer.

Beware finding ‘the one’ – 15% of those 30-39 year-olds polled say they have become more boring since meeting their partner, while 20% thinks that their sense of adventure has nose-dived since having kids. Want to stay fun? Don’t find a partner and don’t have kids. You can thank us later.

There are regional differences, with Londoners reaching ‘peak boring’ at just 32, while the Welsh retain their non-boringness until the grand old age of 41.

Apparently 27 is the age at which you are at your most adventurous although seeing as that is the age associated with a multitude of celebrity deaths we’d advise you don’t get too adventurous.

If you are 39 though, don’t fear – you might be boring now but give it eleven years and you’ll get a bit more fun again – the 50+ age group were 22% more likely to book a spontaneous holiday than those in their thirties and 11% more likely to spend big on a nice meal out.

According to those polled, the top signs of being at your most adventurous are:

Staying out until the early hours on a weekday
Trying a new hobby
Going out of the way to make a new friend
Booking a spontaneous holiday
Learning a new skill
Visiting a friend unannounced
Changing jobs
Going on a spontaneous shopping trip
Asking someone out
Trying a new sport

Personally, we’d add ‘doing the big shop on a night that isn’t Friday night’ to that night, but then that makes no sense whatsoever.

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ShortList.com staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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