In what will surely provide screenwriters with a decade or so of hackneyed rom-com scripts (sample titles: “Better Late Than Never” and “Act Your Age!”), a new study into the difference in maturity between genders revealed that both genders agree men remain “immature” into their early 40s. Eight out of 10 women believe men “never stop being childish,” while both genders agree that women reach “proper maturity” much earlier, around 32. Women were nearly twice as likely to feel that they were the “grown-up” one in their relationship. Next in the news: Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl optioning a four-picture deal based on the study.

Getting To It

I don’t trust articles like this on maturity. What is meant by maturity ? How is it measured ? What sample population was tested ? Was the sample population culturally, linguistically, economically diverse enough to be able to conclude that men in fact reaction maturity at 43 ? What is the pathway socially, personally , psychologically for a male to reach maturity? Who would be an example of a mature man? What role does context play ?   Were the surveys administered in such a way as to bias the results perhaps?

I am wondering in a society as morally bankrupt and misguided as our own, a society that dehumanizing people for the sake of profit would we truly recognize a mature  person outside the technocratic, neo-liberal capitalistic background that we are so accustomed too that we don’t even recognize  any more?


  1. Finding their own farts and burps hilarious

  2. Eating fast food at 2:00am

  3. Playing videogames

  4. Driving too fast or ‘racing’ another car at the lights or on the motorway

  5. Sniggering a bit at rude words

  6. Driving with loud music

  7. Playing practical jokes

  8. Trying to beat children at games and sport

  9. Staying silent during an argument

  10. Not being able to cook simple meals

  11. Re-telling the same silly jokes and stories when with the lads

  12. Don’t like talking about themselves/ having proper conversations

  13. Hating books/reading because of short attention span/they’re boring

  14. Doing crazy dance moves

  15. Mum still doing their washing

  16. Having their Mum still make them breakfast/any meal

  17. Wearing trainers to night clubs

  18. Owning a skateboard or BMX

  19. Not eating vegetables

  20. Changing jobs regularly

  21. Getting too excited over stag do’s

  22. Sometimes trying to do wheelies/stunts on their bike

  23. Driving a modified car or one with a loud exhaust/boy racer

  24. Showing off about how girls are attracted to them

  25. Wearing pyjamas, specifically cartoon pyjamas

  26. Using dodgy chat-up lines

  27. Showing off about protein shakes/weight-lifting/how much they ‘lift’

  28. Littering

  29. Wearing saggy-crotched jeans

  30. Having a cartoon bedspread



I have more to say about this of course but tell me.

What do you consider to be a mark of maturity in both male and females?

What do you think about this finding ?