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Older fathers have nerd kids

Sui_Generis
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6/23/2017 12:43:34 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/22/2017 7:19:32 PM, FanboyMctroll wrote:
If your father is older you are probably a geek.

http://www.newsweek.com...

I'm a geek and my dad is only 19 years older than me.

Also the "geek index" doesn't seem very correlated with pop culture's definition of a geek. "Social aloofness," "Focus on interests,"...... seems like Loner Stoner fits this just as well as the Metalhead Goth does, just as much as the Geek and the Theatre Kid does...
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6/23/2017 3:27:43 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I can think of two explanations: First of all, older dads tend to be more financially well off, meaning their kids grow up in a more stable and affluent environment. Hence, their kids have more time and resources to divert their attention towards electronics and geeky stuff. Furthermore, richer kids generally attend high-performing schools, which means they're able to make more of their God-given intelligence (which often also makes someone geekier).
Second, autism. Autistic people have drastically lower emotional intelligence, but in terms of conventional intelligence they're often above average. As the link suggested, older parents are more likely to have autistic kids.

There's a somewhat similar phenomenon in Japan known as hikikomori. That is, the children of middle and upper class parents totally seclude themselves from the outside world and spend the vast bulk of their time indoors (which I would assume means a lot of time spent on the internet and stuff).
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Wylted
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6/23/2017 11:46:10 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/22/2017 7:19:32 PM, FanboyMctroll wrote:
If your father is older you are probably a geek.

http://www.newsweek.com...

I think as you get older your offspring's IQ is likely to become lower due to the deterioration of your genes, but also younger kids are usually weaker in a lot of ways so perhaps they try to make up for it by hitting the books
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6/23/2017 12:55:49 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/23/2017 11:46:10 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 6/22/2017 7:19:32 PM, FanboyMctroll wrote:
If your father is older you are probably a geek.

http://www.newsweek.com...

I think as you get older your offspring's IQ is likely to become lower due to the deterioration of your genes, but also younger kids are usually weaker in a lot of ways so perhaps they try to make up for it by hitting the books

I think we can also say that older mothers have more retarded kids because of the same reason
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6/23/2017 1:39:07 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/23/2017 12:55:49 PM, FanboyMctroll wrote:
At 6/23/2017 11:46:10 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 6/22/2017 7:19:32 PM, FanboyMctroll wrote:
If your father is older you are probably a geek.

http://www.newsweek.com...

I think as you get older your offspring's IQ is likely to become lower due to the deterioration of your genes, but also younger kids are usually weaker in a lot of ways so perhaps they try to make up for it by hitting the books

I think we can also say that older mothers have more retarded kids because of the same reason

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