Who’s afraid of the dark? Nightlife not as scary as you’d think

A study by the University of Western Sydney shows that Sydney’s nightlife is not as scary as some in the media have suggested, with the majority of those surveyed saying the city at night was “safe and desirable.”

The City After Dark project survey found nine out of ten respondents felt safe in the city at night, with people feeling safest with others around. This was despite more than half of those surveyed having had a bad experience while out at night. The study involved interviews with 315 people, as well as policy and media analysis.

Professor David Rowe who helped conduct the research, said the perception that Sydney at night was “violent and unmanageable” was an idea fuelled by the media.

Read more at Western Sydney University

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