I’m not a fan of parties. My parents love hosting parties, which has always caused me some discomfort. I don’t really know what it is about having people in my house with the objective of socializing as much as possible, but it tends to grind on my nerves.
Usually, when I hang out with a friend, I tend to have a purpose other than socialization. Maybe that’s seeing a movie or getting coffee or doing some work together. Either way, it’s not hanging out just for the sake of hanging out. We want to be around each other, but we don’t want to feel the need to entertain the other person.
Parties can be ok every once and a while. They can be a useful reminder as to why parties suck.