It’s not uncommon for first-time fathers to be 40 years old or older. George Clooney just became a first-time dad at 56 years old. And new research is shedding light on a benefit of being an older first-time dad.
The British study shows that sons of older dads are more intelligent, more focused on their passions and don’t care as much about fitting in socially. Some of these traits are associated with being a geek.
Researchers found that geekiness increases for sons with dads older than 45, but the correlation wasn’t nearly as strong for daughters of older fathers. Also, there was not a correlation found when it came to the kids of older moms.
The lead researcher says the reason older dads have geekier sons may have to do with the men being more established in their careers and they may have more money, giving their kids better access to educational opportunities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average age for first-time dads is just over 25. But from 1980 to 2014, there has been almost a 60 percent increase in the number of men 35 and older who became first time dads.