REACHING physical maturity is no longer the same as growing up, it has emerged.
Researchers highlighted trends for semi-ironic fish finger sandwiches, an obsession with bicycles and stick-on moustaches as evidence of a disconnect between age and maturity.
Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute for Studies said: “Infancy now continues indefinitely. Look at the popularity of smoothies, which are basically baby food.
“Society’s obsession with ‘play’ and ‘fun’ is causing people in their twenties to mentally stagnate, with some returning to infancy completely.
We started to see problems when the craze for take out coffee blew up and adults started guzzling warm, foamy milk from plastic beakers.
Now we have a nation of grown men and women who are unable to function after their lunchtime latte if they dont spend their afternoons napping in a warm dark room on a woollen blanket.
Father Stephen Malley said Im seriously worried about my son, Tom. When he first moved to London, he loved sophisticated food so much that he constantly wore a lobster bib.
But since he got into pop-ups, he seems to have lost all interest in everything apart from chips and hanging about outside the Disney store.
He added I thought Id take him to Scotts and talk some sense into him, but he just made a fuss about having to sit in a big boy chair and cried when I asked him to eat his peas.