A recent study has found that many British adults still behave like teens well into their 30s. However, many people, among them sociologists, believe that this is a worldwide phenomenon. The study was mostly conducted in the UK and has revealed that many adults that are in their late 20s or early 30s still do not feel like proper grownups until they have turned 33 or more. However, this phenomenon is not new. TV series like Friends and the Big Bang Theory depict adults over 25 that still live with roommates, stay home playing games, do not have stable jobs or relationships and prioritize ties with friends over forming their own families.
New generations of “Peter Pans” are more and more common, however, and people in European countries like the UK, Nordic countries, and Germany, still behave as if they were teenagers. According to the study conducted in the UK, more than 3/4 of people over 30 say that they act or feel about 12 years younger than they actually are. Back in the day, like in the 70s and 80s, people in their 30s already had a family; women and men, with more than one or two children and their own house and a stable income. Another trend that seems to be on the rise is that people get married much later than 20 or 30 years ago and that people also wait much longer to become parents.
Nowadays, it is not strange to see people in their 30s still trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Psychologists have referred to this as the Peter Pan syndrome, seen, for example, in public figures such as Michael Jackson. He publicly declared that he did not want to grow up and that he owned a collection of arcade video games, toys, and fantasy merchandise.