Researchers are always trying to understand the world we live in a little better than yesterday. This progress comes in small steps, yet it will ultimately lead us to finding ways to improve the world. For the moment, a team of scientists managed to pinpoint exactly the differences between the ways dads treat their daughters than how they act with their sons.
Dads Treat Their Daughters more Carefully than Their Sons
Jennifer Mascaro was the team leader of a new study on the behavior of fathers. She and her colleagues came from Emory University in Atlanta and managed to discover new insights in parental relationships. Therefore, researchers proceeded to monitor the activity between fathers and their toddlers throughout a window of 24 hours. The conclusion depicts the differences in the way dads treat their daughters than the way they play and talk with their sons.
The most striking way in which the treatment was different from one gender to another was the offered attention. Fathers of girls dedicated 60% more time responding to their toddlers than fathers of boys did. At the same time, they were five times more open to their daughters than to their sons. For instance, they talked more about emotions, whistled and sang more frequently with girl toddlers.
Dads of Boys Talked More About Achievement
On the other hand, fathers of boys dedicated three times as long on a daily basis for rough games which included for instance tumbles. Moreover, their vocabulary contained more terms that suggest achievement. These words were “best,” “win,” or “proud.”
For a better grasp of this relationship, scientists resorted to MRI brain scans. This is how they found dads of girls had their brain regions associated to reward activated whenever their kids had sad, happy or neutral expressions. However, dads of boys reacted less to their toddlers.
These were the main differences scientists discovered in the way dads treat their girls or boys. On the other hand, it is uncertain if these paternal instincts have an evolutionary, social or genetic origin. Researchers need more studies to crack these mysteries.
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