Tribulation has a way of foregrounding the things that matter most to us.
This past father’s day, social media was rife with tributes to parents of all ages doing their best to provide in a uniquely fraught time. Aspiring to become the best of our dad’s is a universal feeling, but when does it generally happen? A new survey from Onepoll might have the answer.
According to the responses of the 2,000 Americans involved in the poll, we begin to take on our father’s attributes around the age of 37, although nearly 70% of the survey pool said that they feel more and more like their dad every year.
The rejuvenated closeness inspired by the COVID-19 crisis saw the average American spend up to $100 on a father’s day gift this year. Another 10% is spent over $200.
Still, 40% of children were okay purchasing traditional, practical gifts this year like socks or power tools.
Seventy-one percent of the dad’s queried said that a steak dinner is the perfect Father’s Day gift, while the remaining top responses included beer (36%), whiskey (31%), a phone call from the family (31%), peace and quiet (30%), and sleeping in (23%).
The children of the fathers featured in the survey found themselves morphing into their dads in a number of different ways. The bulk of these was halved between daily habits and the development of certain skills.
Thirty-seven percent of respondents said that they’ve begun mimicking their dad’s grilling and barbecuing skills.
Thirty-five percent of respondents said they’ve become handier around the house like their fathers; with sharper home maintenance acumen.
As far as daily habits, 22% of participants said they have started picking up things like muting TV during commercials just like their dads used to, one in four say they grunt every time they get up from the couch, and an additional 25% fall asleep while watching TV — just like their dad’s would.
Other commonalities shared between fathers and their children include:
Telling corny jokes (28%),
Telling the kids to “ask your mother” (26%) when confronted with a request
Genuinely enjoying mowing their lawn (22%)
Hating it when the thermostat is adjusted (21%)
Finishing everyone’s leftovers at restaurants (18%).
The report went on to reveal that 75% of Americans are feeling more appreciative of their fathers because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sixty-six percent of respondents occasion this same reason with respect to talking to their dads more often, and feeling closer to them, recently.
On average, Americans reach out to their dad six times per week during the pandemic, via phone, text, video chat, etc.