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Men less likely than women to leave the nest

Experts explain why it’s easier for young men to live with Mom and Dad.

By Kristin Wong Aug 5, 2013 5:34PM

Jupiterimages/Getty ImagesMore young Americans than ever are living with Mom and Dad, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Last year, the number of “millennials” living at home rose to 36 percent. Just five years earlier, the percentage was 32. Interestingly, men between the ages of 18 and 31 are more likely than their female counterparts to stay in the nest.

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Forty percent of millennial males and 32 percent of females live at home, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch. So what’s with the gender gap?

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Zhenchao Qian, chair of sociology at Ohio State University, attempts to explain:

“There are more single young men than women out there. This gives unmarried men more time to live with their parents.”

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But there’s a potentially more controversial explanation. Kit Yarrow, chair of the psychology department at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, says “parents give their sons more freedom than their daughters … it’s easier for a young man to live at home and still feel independent than it would be for a young woman.”

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Dec 11, 2013 10:27PM
Earlier generations such as those prior to 1973 had mandatory military service so that too must have had an impact on the choice a young man between 18-31 had on staying at home with mom and dad. Once the service obligation was over usually the man chose to live on his own or was married. The military also, helped pay for college with the GI Bill so after 6 years in the military the man might have 4 to 8 years of college or university. By the time that was over the man would be between 29 or 33 and with the good job market of the time find work and not need mom and dad.

Hold on folks, soon MOM and Dad will be moving in with Children.  Economy is HUGE factor.  I was extremely fortunate that my children came back home to help me, they always blessed the home doing more than they took.  I love having everyone around and would hate it if they felt like they could not come home. 

In other cultures several generations live together, I think it is a more balanced lifestyle.

We should appreciate families that are willing to take care of their own. 

Lets eliminate WELFARE and see who survives.   Families that stick together!

Aug 8, 2013 9:10PM
People should stop making assumptions about why kids stay at home longer.  I have never been married and I adopted my son.  I am not looking forward to him moving out on his own because I don't want to be alone.  I would be perfectly happy if he stays with me until he gets married.  He is 16 now and about to be a jr. in high school.  He has been working all summer and just bought his own car, which he is paying for.  My son is not lazy, I am selfish.  Some of you need to think before you post.
Aug 8, 2013 5:48PM

The biggest reasons why young men continue to live with their parents is the mothers reluctance to kick the kid out. I've dated many women with sons in their late teens or early 20s, who are in or finished with school, who made no effort to get him out and on his own. Nearly an epidemic.


Mothers/women need to get over themselves and get your son out on his own.

Aug 8, 2013 7:02AM
Many here are making assumptions that living at home equates laziness. Honestly, I have known many a frat boy who live on mommy and daddy's dollar....not at home with them. They don't work, party the money away, play video games all day, etc. and claim that they are "going to school." I also know many economically disadvantaged college students paying their own way through school....who live at home, hold full time jobs, help with the household expenses, and although they still live with "mommy" they are working their butts off to further themselves and their families. People need to wake up and see that the economy does affect people's lives and not every situation is what it may seem. The pictures above are seriously one sided though....grown man lounging on couch, holding the cell phone next to dad and playing video games on the computer. LOL...no wonder people are making such assumptions!
Aug 8, 2013 6:05AM

People!!! Have some respect for yourself and your parent. Are you really so weak that you cannot live on your own at 20 years old. What a bunch of worthless scumbags. Perhaps we should allow euthanasia as a method to make society stronger. We would not need welfare, prisons, and parents could have a life after raising their kids to a point where they should be able to make it on their own.


You cannot live on your own because you are a lazy worthless little P.O.S. who feels entitled to be supported by others at all times. Also, rather than picking yourself up and getting moving you would rather blame others for your failure and lack of drive.

Aug 8, 2013 5:59AM
LOL, what a weak society we have become.  Wonder if mommy still does Johnny's laundry at 31.  When Johnny gets married let me guess, he prefers to be a stay at home dad....Suzy his wife will say he just loves children and that Johnny's just very Thensitive. 
Aug 8, 2013 4:49AM
I guess its tough when Mom wants a sewing room but at 37, you are still in it. LOL!
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