Remember the good ol’ days in the distant past when you could go to some dimly lit bar where a DJ was playing and just dance like a crazy person? They say you never know what you have until it’s gone and clubs, we’re talking about you. We didn’t know we’d miss your sticky floors and weird smells, but here we are.
Even if you wouldn’t exactly call yourself a “clubber,” you must have thought about dancing with a group of strangers at some point during the lockdown. Dance psychologist Peter Lovatt says “humans are born to dance, it is something within us” and we’re missing clubs mostly because they fill some basic human needs.
- Emotional expression. Lovatt says clubs give us “a natural high.” That feeling you get your letting loose on the dance floor is just simply something you can’t replicate outside of the club. Don’t believe it? Try to start a mini rave at work tomorrow. Not going to work.
- Communication. We’re socially deprived thanks to the lockdown orders and going out to the club would be a great way to scratch that itch. According to Lovatt, “there has been a whole lot of research suggesting that when we move our body, it is communicating something about our hormonal and genetic states to other people who are around us.”
- Social Cohesion. When you’re vibing with the friends and the strangers in the crowd, there’s just nothing like it. Lovatt calls this “sharing an emotional high.” And that’s what really separates clubbing from other activities. You can run a 5K and get the same physical benefits of dancing, but you can’t replicate the mental aspect of a good club experience.