There are only 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds in a day and yet somehow that adds up to countless opportunities to feel like you’re not spending enough time on your kid. But for once, Father Time has some research to actually absolve you of your guilt. A massive new study found that the amount of time dads devote to their kids has nearly quadrupled since 1965.
The study was based on data obtained from the Multinational Time Use Study Harmonized Sample Files that looked at 122,271 parents from 1965 to 2012. A total of 68,532 mothers and 53,739 fathers from Canada, the U.K, the U.S., Denmark, Norway, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Slovenia kept daily diaries of how they spent their time, and found that dads these days spend an average of 59 minutes caring for their kids, compared to just 16 minutes in 1965. In their defense, back then men with kids were expected to spend a lot more time growing mustaches. Moms improved since 1965 as well, almost doubling the time they spent with their children during the same period, so the kids are really alright all around.
As the authors of the study point out, this goes against economic theory which states that making more money leads to giving up more family time. Instead, modern parents seem to be moving towards just the opposite of that — perhaps that’s because your kid is a lot more fun to hang out with that your parents were at that age, or perhaps because you want to do better. Either way, these findings should alleviate one anxiety and make room for another: How to spend time on yourself. Good luck with that.
[H/T] Science Daily