WINNIPEG, MB –
In the wake of Patrik Laine’s ground breaking interview in The Players’ Tribune, and the revelation that his mother drives him to and from his hockey games, new stats show a growing trend of mothers chauffeuring their adult children.
The new report shows 48% of adult males 18-24 have their mothers drive them at least 5 times a week, with 38% reporting their mom drives them at least once a day. This is up from 23% and 12% respectively just 12 years ago.
“We are seeing a growing trend in mothers driving their sons,” Study lead Samantha Dawkins said. “We think it is directly linked to hockey.”
Researchers believe that thousands of hockey players are becoming acclimatized to their mothers driving them around and begin to enjoy the free time, opting to watch videos or play games on phones and handheld electronics. The urge to play games and use smart phone aps has surpassed the appeal of driving oneself and gaining independence.
“The electronic gratification is stripping the desire to drive away from our young men, and to a lesser extent, our young women,” Dawkins said. “Patrik Laine and his mom have become the poster people for this movement.”
Indications are the numbers will continue to go up as more young men jump aboard the trend wanting to emulate their NHL heroes.
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“We are seeing moms drive their sons to work, university and to social functions on a regular basis,” Dawkins pointed out. “Many are opting out of getting a license or vehicle saving themselves thousands of dollars a year that they can spend on gaming systems and data plans.”
Most mothers we spoke to love the additional and prolonged control and care they can exercise on their children.
“I love that Tyrel gets me to drive him to his junior hockey games,” Michele Gaudry said. “I make him his favorite pre-game meal, chicken fingers with macaroni and cheese then take him to the game. I have to wait around about an hour after the game to take him home but I don’t mind. It gives me a chance to visit with the other mom’s.”
“Kevin gets me to drive him to work everyday,” Cheryl Friesen said. “He has a sales job so sometimes I get to drive him to appointments all day. When he stays in the office I make sure I make a lunch for him and send it along. He still likes eating peanut butter and jam sandwiches.” Kevin Friesen is a 25 year-old pharmaceutical rep and no longer has a license after letting it lapse a couple of years ago to fund his online gaming interests.
Some social scientists believe the trend will push marrying ages up and marriage rates down as mothers extend their care years and possibly decades into their children’s lives.
“We are seeing many more family situations where mothers are living with adult children, even those who are married,” Dawkins said. “Children are putting a lot of value on, not just their mom’s ability to complete domestic work like cooking and cleaning, but their skills in financial management and life-coaching.”
Young adults and increasing numbers of middle-aged people are more than happy to have their mothers look after the details of their lives so they can be free to concentrate on careers and more importantly video games and smart phone aps.
“Without mom living with me and driving me to work there is no way I’d be able to meet my sales targets and log up to 80 hours a week on my Playstation,” Kevin Friessen shared. “Mom is helping me reach the goals and dreams I have personally and professionally. I couldn’t do this without her.”
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