Try not to regurgitate at this recent revelation concerning the people now serving as the poster child for progressive paternalism….It appears that many British men and women are still very much bonded to their Teddy Bears. Yep, a recent survey sponsored by Travelodge, a major hotel chain, reveals that 35% of British adults still go to bed each night clinging to their childhood care bears.
Over the past year, Travelodge has had to reunite 75,000 Teddy Bears with their fretful owners after these sleeping buddies were inadvertently left behind. And it was this astounding statistic that prompted the hotel chain to conduct the survey. Interestingly, 25% of those traveling with a Teddy pacifier in their overnight bag were grown men.
One in ten single men surveyed admitted they hide their teddy bear when their girlfriend stays over. Fourteen per cent of married men reported they hide their teddy bear in the wardrobe or under bed when any family and friends come to visit.
Interestingly more men at 15% compared to 10% of women reported they treat their teddy as their best friend and will share their intimate secrets with their bear.
Also over a quarter (26%) of male respondents stated it is quite acceptable to have a bear regardless of your age. PR News Wire
But have no fear, dread, or trepidation concerning the infantilizing of an entire population of free people, for the New Age augurs are here to reassure us. Corinne Sweet, psychologist and progressive voice for the State, declares:
Cuddling a teddy bear is an important part of our national psyche as it evokes a sense of peace, security and comfort. It’s human nature to crave these feelings from childhood to adult life, which is why 35% of British adults sleep with their teddy bear.
It’s not surprising, then, that taking a cuddly bear on a business trip is so popular, even among men (25%). As a bedtime bear evokes the secure feelings of home and warmth which can aid sleep – just like in childhood.
Feel better now? So all you overgrown Christopher Robins who just can’t say adieu to Winnie the Pooh, bear no shame or guilt over your continued need for a stuffed and furry friend. For after all, we’re living in the liberal Linus generation where all things self-indulgent and introspective are hailed as holy rites of perpetual passage. I’m sure that security blankets and thumb-sucking will soon be workplace staples along with juice boxes, nap time, and storybook breaks.