British homes full of mamma’s boys, daddy’s girls

May 30th, 2012 - 11:02 am ICT by IANS  

London, May 30 (IANS) British families have a generation of mamma’s boys and daddy’s girls with at least 500,000 staying at home till their mid-30s, a study has revealed.

According to experts, it is mainly men who fail to leave the nest because many are averse to settling down and having a family, the Daily Mail reported.

The rising cost of buying a home has also contributed to 20 percent of such individuals - aged between 20 and 34 - still living with their parents in comparison to 15 years ago.

According to the Office of National Statistics, nearly three million young adults were boarding with a parent or parents in 2011, an increase of almost half a million since 1997.

Many of these three million — 1.8 million men and 1.1 million women — are still saving for their first house as the average price paid by first-time home-buyers has gone up 40 percent.

The reason why there are more men is often that many prefer to be bachelors with no responsibilities, says the report.

Fewer women stay at home since they often move in with older men or turn single parents living alone in that period of their lives.

The numbers are highest in Northern Ireland, where one in three still live with their parents.

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