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A Revolution in Fatherhood

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Session: How Dad Blogging Can Bust the Fatherhood Stereotypes
Speaker: Kevin Metzger

Note: This is the first of a three part series covering Dad Blogger statistics.

The profile of the modern dad has changed and a little over a year ago I set out to define what today’s dad looks like. I created The DADvocate Project which was basically a survey. The questions on the survey looked at how dads spend their time, how they are involved with their family, significant other and children, how they spend time in the community, what are their physical and religious commitments, do they do the household budgeting and how much do they spend. I administered the survey via social channels such as Facebook and twitter and blogged about the results throughout the process.

This article represents the most complete look at the statistics so far. It defines the average dad in 2010 and 2011 based on results to a yearlong survey that was completed by over 500 men. The article is also part of a larger work I’m putting together on the Dad Blogger led revolution in fatherhood which will be released later this year. You see the dads who took this survey were mostly bloggers and their blogs are already changing the conversation on fatherhood.

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The average age of the modern blogger dad is 39.2. 52% of dad bloggers have used drugs but 75% do not have a tattoo. 63% of dad bloggers do not gamble at all. The average dad hangs out with the guys 1.4 times per month but 54% of dad bloggers claim to hang out with the guys 1 or more times per month. Approximately 52% of dads will have 1 or more drinks at a social gathering, 16% might have glass with dinner or during a football game. 12% claim to have 1 or 2 drinks daily and less than 2% claim to have more than 2 drinks daily. Oh and 14% don’t drink at all.

A small majority of dad bloggers identify themselves politically as Independent (23.7%) followed by Democrat (22.3%) then by conservative(18.18%). 68% of Dad bloggers claim a different political affiliation  from their father.

Dads participate in so many organizations in our communities that the best way to present it is via this Wordle.

Hobbies, keep us sane and Dads practice in a large variety of hobbies. The largest number of dads listed Reading but that was followed pretty closely by Writing, Photography and Blogging.

Speaking of Reading – 34% of dad bloggers read 1 or more hours per day. The chart below shows what type of content dads are reading by how much time they spend reading. The most interesting and telling thing about this chart is that dads are reading blogs more than any other content type.

The average dad takes in between 30 minutes and 2 hrs daily of television which is also about the average time their children spend watching TV according to the survey.

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  • Seattledad

    Great work Kevin.  I was riveted!  Fun to see where I fit in.

    • Anonymous

      James,

      Thank you. There is a bunch more coming. Let me know if you have any specific questions about the data as it comes out.

  • BloggerFather

    I was reading, “The largest number of dads listed Reading but that was followed pretty closely by Writing, Pornography, and Blogging.” And I was thinking, “Yea, that’s about right.”

    • Anonymous

      Oren, that craked me up. Now I’m going to have go into the data and see if anyone listed pornography.

  • The JackB

    Very nicely done. Was kind of cool to see the results.  Let’s hear it for dads who are older than 39 and Independent. 🙂

  • The JackB

    Very nicely done. Was kind of cool to see the results.  Let’s hear it for dads who are older than 39 and Independent. 🙂

  • BurtonFamilyJewels

    Thank You. Really cool way to build community online.

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