Facebook May Have Figured Out What Your Kid Will Be When They Grow Up
Most parents have probably looked at their angelic baby and thought, “I wonder what they’ll be when they grow up?” Since that beautiful moment was no doubt interrupted by the sudden screaming or farting (the former from the kid, the latter from you), you may not have thought about it since — but Facebook has. The data scientists at the social network you and your friends are quickly making so uncool that your kids won’t be caught dead on it looked at over 5.6 million parent-child pairs and figured out that your career definitely has some bearing on what your kid will grow up to do.
Pulling data from people whose profiles included both occupation and family relationships, the researchers were able to track how parents’ jobs compared to their kids’ jobs. For example, lawyer dads were 4.6 times more likely to have doctor sons; nurse mothers were 3.75 times more likely to have nurse daughters; scientist fathers were 3.9 times more likely to have scientist daughters; and lawyer mothers were a whopping 6.6 times more likely to have sons who also liked to argue and sue people. The complete findings can be sussed out in these insanely addictive interactive graphs, but one thing is clear: It’s a good thing you quit that metal band when you did.
If all that has you regretting your career choice even more than you already were, take heart: the careers of your other kids might have an even stronger influence on their siblings. The researchers looked at the occupations of same-sex siblings less than 2 years apart, as well as twins, and found that 15 percent of siblings and 24.7 percent of twins shared careers. But that makes sense — if you have someone with the same skills who looked exactly like you, you could skip work half the time with impunity.