A third of men under 40 live with their mum

Men more reluctant than women to leave home

A study has found one in three men aged between 20 and 40 is still living with their parents. This compares with one in five women of the same age.

It also emerged that one in four men who have flown the nest has kept a fully-furnished bedroom at their parents’ home, just in case. But just one in five girls has kept their childhood room after moving out.

A spokesman for the food company which carried out the poll, said: ‘Men are traditionally thought of to be more independent than women. But these results prove that it’s actually the other way around, although few men would probably admit it.

‘Men may want to get their own place, but when they are getting looked after by their mum, it’s easy to see why they would choose to stay at home.’

The study of 3,000 men and women revealed that almost a quarter (24%) still lived at home with their parents. Cost was the main factor for 59% of them, but 57% of women and 16% of men also admitted that they liked being looked after by mum.

A lucky 56% of adults who live at home get their meals cooked for them, while 55% admitted that mum still does their washing. Eighteen per cent even had their packed lunch made for them every morning.

Researchers also found that 21% of those who live with their parents have returned there because of the credit crunch. Four in ten of these people intended to stay a while before moving out again.

A spokesman for Giovanni Rana Fresh Pasta, which commissioned the poll, added: ‘In European countries such as Italy it is common for both men and women to live at home with their parents until they get married. Not only does it save money but the culture encourages and celebrates family life, so children are in less of a rush to move out.

‘In the current economic climate it seems that us Brits are starting to see the value in living at home too, especially if it means getting home-cooked food every night and your washing and ironing done for you.’

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