Family Praised for Forcing 'The Man Baby' To Move Out at 31 Years Old

An unemployed 31-year-old college dropout, who has been living with his parents for nearly a decade, has received a wave of backlash on Reddit. Many users were delighted to know the "man baby" is being forced to "face the music" and move out because his parents are selling their home.

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the portion of adults aged between 25 and 34 living in their parental homes has been rising over the last 20 years or so. In 2021, just over 20 percent of men aged between 25 and 34 and 60 percent of men aged between 18 and 24 were reported to be living with their parents.

In a post shared under the username Frequent_Gas6500 on Reddit, where it had over 12,000 upvotes at the time of writing, one of the man's siblings said their brother "has not had to lift a finger to keep any of his needs met," since he was born.

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"He's worked a combination of two and a half months in his entire life," losing his first job at a Dairy Queen for swearing at a customer and losing his second job after getting caught stealing at a family-owned restaurant.

The sibling said: "He has spent the last eight years rolling out of bed at 2 p.m. to do nothing but play video games and troll Discord [the social media platform] servers to find someone just as pathetic as him to hang out with. It does not help that he's an annoying, violent, self-centered brat who would push my parents in front of a bus for the thrill of the dopamine hit."

The user said their parents "always tried their best with us," however, they have "allowed the man baby to sit in his cradle" for "too long" and are now having to deal with "an overgrown toddler" who curses at their mother when she asks him to "clean up the rotting garbage he spreads across his room."

After their father had a stroke last year, it was decided that the house would be sold, with the father going to a care center and the mother moving to a "55+ community" center near their dad, leaving their 31-year-old son to find another place to live.

The user said their brother had a "meltdown" when he was told the news. He "stomped his feet and screamed that it's not fair," demanding to know how much money the family were going to give him (because he was "saving his money to buy a new graphics card") and what they were going to do "to make sure he didn't end up on the streets."

The original poster said: "It's a shame all of the [man baby's] siblings, including myself, hate his guts. None of us care what happens to him" and he still "does not understand exactly what he is now facing."

Newsweek has contacted the original poster for comment.

According to a March 2017 study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, young adults who remain at home and are highly reliant on their parents, avoiding higher education and employment, suffer from a "failure to launch" (FTL).

The parents and adult child fall into a "dependency trap," which sees the adult child rely on parents "for help in avoiding challenges that feel insurmountable" and "the parental accommodations reinforce the avoidance and lack of self-efficacy."

The study said: "Just as youths' vulnerability draws parents into increasing accommodation, decreasing that accommodation provides a means of boosting the youth's faltering 'launch' and helping the youth to achieve independence."

Several users shared messages of support for the sibling and family in the latest viral Reddit post.

In a comment that got 2,100 likes, user AlwaysaCatt25 said: "I had a sibling like this, and when my mom finally put her foot down and said no more it was the best thing in the world for him. He got off his a** and become a functioning member of society. I hope the same happens for your family!'

User Chantalle22 said: "Good on you guys for finally getting your parents to cut the cord. What an entitled human. Given all this opportunity yet squander it all away. He's is a grown man that now needs to become independent, it's been time."

HotPocketBrunch wrote: "What an absolute piece of s**t. I don't get how people function like that it must be exhaustingly hard to live with yourself and all the extra petty work or do they just not have a conscience?"

Some said the brother may need help with his mental health.

User Laxwarrior1120 wrote: "I truly do believe that sloth is an addiction and...[those suffering addiction] also experience depression. These people need help, and I don't just mean financially (Since that's all they seem to be getting so far)."

User Appolion added: "A lot of times I believe it's tied to addiction. With addiction comes a lot of negative traits/behaviors."

Others expressed concern over the safety of the parents before they move out, such as user PowermanFriendship who said: "He's going to pull some s**t to go to prison on purpose, guaranteed. The threat of having to actually make his own way in life is going to cause a mental breakdown.

"TBH [to be honest], I would have sprung this on him at the last possible second once everyone is safe. I hope there are no weapons in the house...the internet is producing an endless sea of entitled toxic monstrosities and for many of them, violence is the only outlet they know."

In a later post, the original poster said: "The man-baby is a brat and violent, but he has never hurt someone else and in my own opinion he's too much of a coward to try to do anything. That does not mean we don't have precautions in place. Neighbors know, the police know, everyone that can do something knows about the situation..."

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