Dad, will you please get off the computer?

Once again, something I didn’t notice is noticed:

Funny observation popped up in discussion [on an irrelevant topic]: among man-bloggers who are fathers majority are those with daughters. Women-bloggers, as noted, do not exhibit this particular trait — they are mothers as often to boys as to girls.

Which prompts some speculation:

[U]nderlying connection between man’s ability to write coherent texts and raising a female? what could be genetic condition for this correlation? Etc, etc.

I’m not quite sure what, if anything, I can extrapolate from my own experience. When my daughter was born, I was a terrible writer; today, 35 years later, I am, um, less terrible. Does my son, 32 this year, affect this in any way? How about the grandchildren (four boys, two girls)?


  1. Kirk »

    10 May 2013 · 1:33 pm

    That you can prove any proposition with a sufficiently small sample size?

  2. CGHill »

    10 May 2013 · 1:46 pm

    Were that the case, I could give dating advice.

  3. Roger Green »

    10 May 2013 · 4:30 pm

    I started my blog because I had a 1 y.o daughter and hadn’t written about her, even privately, as I had promised myself. Would I have done the same had I had a son? I’d like to think so; it’s more a function of my age (51 when the child was born) than the gender of the child.

  4. Tatyana »

    11 May 2013 · 11:56 am

    I agree: we don’t have sufficient data.
    Please, gentlemen, give yourself to science! provide details of your official- and not- progeny.

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