1. He couldn’t survive alone out in the wild.
Hell, he probably couldn’t survive in his own apartment if someone didn’t check on him. He can’t do laundry. He doesn’t know how a dishwasher works. You’re pretty confident that the extent of his culinary skills is based around the microwave. He still does all his laundry as his parents' house, and heads over there a few times a week for a square meal. Hell, sometimes his mom even comes over to clean his apartment. These are all signs he hasn't mastered these skills, because mom does them for him.
2. They Snapchat each other.
It’s not that he can’t or shouldn’t interact with his parents on social media. It’s one thing to be Facebook friends with his mom (does anyone even use Facebook anymore?) but if he’s actively Snapchatting her all the time and loving it…he’s a mama’s boy.
3. He runs every decision by her.
Listen, it’s normal to seek your parents advice. It doesn’t matter if you’re 21 or 50 years old. But you’re pretty sure he can’t order an appetizer at a restaurant without consulting her.
4. His mom can’t do anything wrong.
You don’t even bother disagreeing with her, even in private. She could be arguing that that the Earth is flat and he’d take her side.
5. He might as well still live at home.
He has his own place, but he’s over there almost every day. Even the days when he doesn’t have any of that aforementioned laundry.
6. His mom always knows about everything.
If you’re in a fight, he’s going to call his mom first. It’s like she’s peering into a crystal ball at all times, except the ball is just her son’s phone. And it sucks that she knows every single time you’ve ever hurt her son’s feelings. There’s no silver lining here.
7. He can be a bit immature (especially when he’s around her).
When she's around, it's like he goes back to being a child. You may or may not have seen her cut his food for him at dinnertime.
8. He expects you to be like her.
She’s his de facto “gold standard” and he measures all women against her. Unfortunately, that includes you. It can extend to little things, like being critical of the way you cook, to huge ordeals, like expectations about parenting and career. While some of the other things on this list are cute or even charming, he needs to get over this one, pretty much right now.
9. He’s pretty spoiled.
He could extort anything he needs out of his mom. He knows it. He takes advantage of it. You’re not even sure he pays his own phone bill, and you’re afraid to ask.
10. She shows up unannounced.
You’re halfway into a date night (or worse, sex) and she shows up with some groceries just because she was thinking about him. It’s nice in theory, but there are some things mom just does not need to see.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.