The end of the bachelor pad? Almost one is three men live with parents until their mid-30s

End of the bachelor pad

The bachelor pad used to be the quintessential sign of male maturity - you move out of your parent's house into cosy flat loaded with the latest gadgets where you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. But it seems like that is now consigned to history.

Data from the Office of National Statistics has revealed that 32 per cent of men between the ages of 20 and 34 are still living at home with their parents.

The ONS said this trend may be explained by the fact that men are staying in education and training for longer. Other factors include the increased cost of renting and buying, as well as having children at older ages than in previous generations.

According to Frank Furedi, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, "A lot of young men find the transition to adulthood particularly difficult because male values and masculine values are regarded less favourably than feminine values. Masculine norms have been devalued quite considerably. The aspiration for independence [among men] has been undermined by the way their world has changed, so they find it difficult to find points of reference about how to make their own way.”

Hang in there gentlemen. This too shall pass. Hopefully

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