Kids will almost always go to the dad to help them out yet most are too embarrassed to show him affection and especially to say “I love you”, a new poll has revealed.
According to the new research, one in four people feel too awkward to say “I love you” and 14 percent prefer talking to their dads on social networks rather than in person.
The British study looked at how people interact with their fathers and found that nearly of participants will only greet their father verbally when they see them. This is despite the fact that two-thirds of participants usually turn to Dad to borrow money, and even though it’s Dad who picks the kids up from a party and gives relationship advice.
Four out of nine respondents in the study say they don’t always thank their dad when he does something nice for them and 43 percent feel they should tell their dad they love them more often.
Unsurprisingly, women are twice as likely to give their father a hug and a kiss when greeting them compared to men showed the study.
When children do look to interact with their dad socially it is usually whilst watching TV and 47 percent say this is when they most of their conversations with their dads happen.
Respondents were asked how their dads had helped them out over the years and 61 percent of the study referred to the Bank of Dad fund.
Other responses included dads helping them feel better when they were down, giving career advice, sex and relationship advice and picking them up from a friend or party despite the late hour.
Anjula Mutanda, the psychologist who conducted the study, said that most if not all children love their dad very much, however, they simply feel awkward expressing it.
Young children however have no problem expressing love and affection towards their parents but this diminishes as they reach their preteens and onwards. The direct “I love you” seemed to bring embarrassment if not a little awkwardness.
Mutanda says that youngsters simply fall out of the habit of saying “I love you” and the longer this is left unaddressed the more awkward it becomes and the more we avoid it.