For young men, moving out of the family home and living independently was once considered a rite of passage.
But the "bachelor pad" could be consigned to the annals of history, as new figures show that almost a third of men do not move out of their parents’ home until their mid-30s.
Now 32 per cent of men aged between 20 and 34 are living with their parents, compared to a fifth (20 per cent) of females, according to the Office for National Statistics’ latest data release on families and households.
Frank Furedi, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent said that number of young men who live with their parents is increasing due to a lack of aspiration among men and the “feminisation of society”.
He said: “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.
“Female values and seen as better than men’s values in culture. There is a lack of aspiration among men because they feel more insecure. There is no clear construct of what it is to be an independent man.”
He went on: “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.”
Prof Furedi added that men are now more insecure about entering into relationships in a way that was “unthinkable” in the past.
He said that economic factors also contributed to the trend, since working class women are now more likely to get a mortgage than working class men.
In 1996, 27 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women aged 20 to 34 lived with their parents, which has been steadily rising over the past two decades.
The ONS said that larger numbers of young adults tending to stay at home for longer may be explained by staying in education and training for longer. Other factors include having children at older ages, as well as the increased costs in renting or buying a home.