According to the SWNS Staff, a new poll reveals that we all start becoming our fathers at around age 37. Additionally, 68 percent of those surveyed said they feel more like their father with every passing year.
The survey of some 2,000 Americans with living fathers was intended to get some insights into our relationships with our dads and how the pandemic may have shaken that up in any way.
Here are some of the more interesting findings…
Thirty-seven percent said they take grilling very seriously because of their dad.
One in three (thirty-five percent) said they get their handy skills from them.
Twenty-two percent mute commercials on TV because of their father.
One in four grunts when getting off the couch now.
Another one in four said they fall asleep on the couch with the game on — just like “Dear old Dad”.
One in five respondents even admitted that they no longer like it when someone in their family changes the thermostat.
Three in four Americans said the COVID-19 pandemic has actually made them appreciate their fathers more.
This last tidbit was attributed to having more time to talk. It seems that two in three said that “they’ve gotten to know their dads a lot more during the last few months.”
As a result, respondents said they now reach out to their dad on average six times a week, whether it’s a call, text, video call, or in-person visit.
Maybe the best news of all in this for “Dear old Dad” was the finding that Americans with living fathers planned on making this Father’s Day special for him! How special? According to the article, “So special, in fact, that the average survey respondent plans on shelling out close to $100 on a gift this year — while one in 10 said they plan on spending more than $200.”
What will (or did) this look like? The survey results showed that most respondents “will be opting for a nice dinner and something expensive, like a tech gadget or smartwatch”.
Four in 10 will be getting their dad something practical they know they want, like socks or a tool kit.
But according to the poll, when people were asked what they think their dad actually wanted, the popular answers were simply a juicy steak and an ice-cold drink — news that probably made the survey’s sponsor, Omaha Steaks, very happy.
Further findings revealed more stats on what the average respondent considered to be the most dad-like trait about him (or her) self, as well as what they think their dad really wants this Father's Day:
TOP TRAITS RESPONDENTS THINK THEY GET FROM THEIR DADS:
Take grilling very seriously: 37 percent
Repair things instead of buy them new: 35 percent
Get really into corny jokes: 28 percent
Tell your kids to ask their mother: 26 percent
Falling asleep on the couch with the game on: 25 percent
Grunt when I get off the couch: 25 percent
Mute commercials: 22 percent
Love to mow the lawn: 22 percent
Don’t like when people touch the thermostat: 21 percent
Finish everyone else’s plate at a restaurant: 18 percent
WHAT RESPONDENTS THINK THEIR FATHER WANTS:
An ice-cold beer: 36 percent
Steak dinner: 35 percent
Glass of whiskey: 31 percent
Phone call from his family: 31 percent
Peace and quiet: 30 percent
A physical expensive gift (tech, smartphone, etc): 26 percent
Watch whatever he wants on TV: 24 percent
To be left alone: 23 percent
To sleep in: 23 percent
Sports back on TV: 22 percent
A cheaper practical gift (socks, tools, etc): 21 percent
I do not know how many of my regular readers out there are actual fathers themselves; nor how many of those who are dads would actually agree with these findings. I myself am a father; and I’ll agree with the part about a good steak!
Seriously, for me, the best news in the article was that children are now reporting that they are getting closer to their fathers, primarily by spending more time with them. Most any father appreciates this as much if not more than anything else a child can give him.
Oh, and also to know that children admit to becoming more and more like their fathers. That too is very affirming for dads.
By the way, these last two things are true not only for earthly fathers, but for our Heavenly Father as well. He too loves it when we desire to spend time with Him and become more like Him! Given this, I hope we all will!
ARTICLE SOURCE: https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/signs-becoming-your-father-average-age.