Survey finds leaving the lights on is dad’s biggest pet peeve

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Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 10:41 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Don’t leave the lights on, a recent survey shows that just before Father’s Day leaving the lights on is dad’s biggest pet peeve.

Dad jokes aside, Father’s Day is just around the corner and says 80% of dads said their favorite part about the holiday is just spending time with family. The nation’s most generous cashback site said it surveyed a cross section of 1,850 adult males aged 18 and over.

The survey found that 75% of respondents plan to celebrate Father’s Day in 2022 while a quarter said they would not. And with more than half of Americans planning on giving a gift to their father figures, it said the top five gifts kids plan to give dad are as follows:

  • A meal with family and friends - 31%
  • Gift card - 29%
  • Clothes or a tie - 28%
  • Tools - 20%
  • A greeting card - 19%

However, the survey found what dads really want are as follows:

  • A meal with family or friends - 45%
  • An experience (i.e. sporting event, concert, etc.) - 25%
  • Gift card - 24%
  • Technology (i.e. television, phone, etc.) - 20%
  • Tools - 19%

When asked where dad spends the most time, respondents noted the family room, the backyard, anywhere a television is present, the basement or garage, a home office, the kitchen and the bathroom. And with about 34% reporting that dad has a man cave, they said the top five things to keep in the space include - a TV, a reclining chair, crafting materials (i.e. wood, tools, scissors, etc.), a refrigerator, and sports memorabilia.

Dad is also known for having big pet peeves when asked this is what dads said bothers them the most:

  • Leaving the lights on - 27%
  • Stealing the TV remote/Changing the channel - 21%
  • Thermostat too low/high - 20%
  • Doors being kept open - 17%
  • Dirty dishes in the sink - 15%

When compared to television characters, most respondents likened their dads to Tim Taylor from Home Improvement, Homer Simpson came in second, while Danny Tanner from Full House came in at a close third. Honorable mentions include Jack Pearson from This is Us, Phil Banks of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire, and Johnny Rose from Schitt’s Creek.

While there is plenty of pop culture out there, 59% of respondents still said dad jokes are their favorite dad-ism. However, a quarter said they still prefer dad style while 10% said dad dance moves and 6% said dad-bods.

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