Last year Cisco commissioned a survey of 590 men ages 25-54 with children ages 17 and under. The survey found that although there are many benefits to being a geek dad, there’s also a downside – like having to do all the family tech support.
What’s a “geek dad”? Cisco defines the term:
A “geek dad” is a father who is enthusiastic about technology and knowledgeable about the latest innovations. The Confessions of a Geek Dad survey* conducted in December by Answers Research, found that 71 percent of geek dads say they spend more time doing activities with their kids than their fathers did with them. Today’s geek dads have a wide variety of interests, including being music lovers (82 percent), outdoor enthusiasts (65 percent), all-around fix-it guys (79 percent), gaming fanatics (78 percent) and sports buffs (77 percent). In fact, 70 percent of geek dads say their kids think they are cool because they’re a tech geek. And when called a “tech geek” by their kids, 87 percent say that makes them feel proud or humored. Also, most geek dads (69 percent) say they’re cooler than other dads, attributing their coolness factor to creating a home where their kids’ friends love hanging out (75 percent).
Are you a geek dad? Do you find yourself doing all the tech support in the house? Is your house the cool place to hang out? Let me know in the comments.