Are You Dating a Man-Child? 13 Ways to Tell

When you’re in your early 20s, dating a guy who’s still somewhat reliant on his parents and doesn’t really know what he wants to do with his life isn’t that uncommon. Chances are, you were probably even in the same boat. But as you start to approach the big 3-0, plans for the future start to take precedent over ubiquitous partying. If it seems like you’re leaving your guy in the dust when it comes to being an adult, that may be a sign that he isn’t interested in growing up.

  1. His mom still pays his cell phone bill. They’re both saving money by being on the family plan. It’s just a smart financial move, right?
  2. He lives in his parents’ basement. He’s an only child! His parents just weren’t ready to let him leave the nest yet. Plus, he’s saving so much money since he isn’t paying rent.
  3. He can barely boil water. For breakfast, he warmed up a two day old slice of pizza and served it to you on a napkin. Luckily, Mom’s making her meatloaf for dinner.
  4. He’s never touched a washing machine. His mom always folds his shirts perfectly so they don’t get wrinkled. He isn’t even aware that an ironing board is a thing.
  5. He sleeps on a mattress on the floor. The mattress is the important part, anyway. Bed frames are just a waste of money.
  6. He can’t go a weekend without getting drunk. The thought of a Saturday night at home sends him into a panic spiral that leads to texting everyone he knows to find out where the party is.
  7. He’s never had a real relationship. Unless you count the girl he was hooking up with last summer. She really could have been The One.
  8. He used to hook up with a new girl every week. And some of those girls are still drunk texting him asking if he’s single yet.
  9. He has a job, but no career goals. Shift supervisor at the KFC by his house is not a long-term arrangement.
  10. He hasn’t even finished school yet. And it’s not because he is working on his PhD thesis, it’s because he can’t seem to make it to graduation day when he keeps failing Intro to Psych.
  11. He’s constantly fighting with someone. There is always some kind of ongoing drama that makes you wonder if you’re dating a man or a sorority girl.
  12. He has clear commitment issues. You forgot your necklace on his bedside table once and he accused you of trying to move in with him.
  13. He parties on a Wednesday night. Going to work hungover is a weekly occurrence. He’s not going to turn down a party just because it happens to fall on a weekday.
By day, Courtney is a digital marketing copywriter living in Toronto, Canada. By night, she's a freelance lifestyle writer who, in addition to, contributes regularly to, IN Magazine, and SheBlogs Canada. Want to chat about relationships, Stephen King or your favorite true crime podcast/documentary/book? She's on Twitter @courtooo.