Originally Posted by brendannz
It seems a judgmental statement, to be honest..
It depends on your relationship with your parents, but most people I know in my town, in adult life don't enjoy living with their parents but have their parents as their back up plan. Ie. if they get kicked out of their flat, for whatever reasons, they just arrive back from being in another city/ country, or if they get fired and are broke, etc.etc.
This IS leech mentality, and that is perhaps why Steve's statement is justified in American culture.
Staying with your parents just because you're broke, fired, got kicked out of your own place etc etc .... is quite leech-sounding to me, even though, depending on the circumstances, it may be that the person doesn't have a choice other than to be a leech, or that his parents don't mind being a leech-suckee.