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Eight Out of Ten Women Believe Men 'Never Stop Being Childish'

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Both men and women agree that guys remain “immature” well into their late 30s and early 40s, according to a recent British study that looked into the differences in maturity between genders.

Researchers determined that 43 was the average age when men finally grow up.  In comparison, the study determined that women reach full maturity at age 32, a full 11 years ahead of guys.

The study found that eight out of ten British women believe that men “never stop being childish,” with breaking wind, burping, eating fast food at 2 a.m., playing videogames and driving too fast as their top maturity failings.

Remaining silent during arguments, an inability to cook simple meals and re-telling the same old jokes and stories with other guys were also cited as signs of immaturity.

Additional findings:

  • Men were nearly twice as likely as women to describe themselves as immature.
  • Women were twice as likely as men to feel they were the “grownup” in their current relationship.
  • 25 percent of the women in the study felt they were the ones who made all the important decisions in the relationship.
  • 30 percent of the women say they have ended a relationship because they lost patience with the guy being too immature.
  • 46 percent of women have had a relationship in which they felt they had to mother their partner a bit too much.
  • The study found that the average British woman has to tell her mischievous partner to “act his age” more than once a month: an average of 14 times a year.
  • There is, however, an upside to being immature.  Four in ten people think immaturity is important in a relationship because it ensures the partnership stays fun and keeps things fresh.

The research was commissioned by Nickelodeon UK to mark the launch of its new comedy series, Wendell & Vinnie.  The show centers on a 30-year-old carefree bachelor who suddenly becomes the legal guardian of his wise-beyond-his-years nephew.

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