LONDON, June 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
British dads spend EIGHT hours a week daydreaming about being cooler - with being a rock star, a Premiership footballer and a pilot topping the list of "dad dreams", according to new research.
Notonthehighstreet.com took an in-depth look into the minds of the nation's fathers to discover what really makes them tick and to see how well we really know that man we call 'Dad'. Reassuringly perhaps, a whopping 98 percent said being a dad was the most rewarding job of all. Yet 73% also have aspirations of a more exotic role...
So what kind of things do they yearn to do? 43% of 'dad dreams' revolve around life as a Premiership footballer, a further 33 percent said they dream about being a Hollywood actor, 30 percent said film director and 27 percent said astronaut.
A self-assured 18 percent confessed they daydream about strutting their stuff as a male model, while a further 18 percent wanted to be a stunt man and another 18 percent said they would love to be Prime Minister...slightly surprising perhaps considering the latest election.
Then again, it's not just their dreams that are interesting but their past achievements, too. Almost one in three (28 percent) said they've travelled the world, while 27 percent said they got a tattoo, one in ten claimed they had dated a model while another 10 percent said they had staged dived at a gig. 73 percent of dads said they considered themselves to be cool and a bit "rock n roll" in their youth, with 62 percent saying they stayed up all night partying (though 37 percent admitted they would never tell their children what they got up to when they were younger!).
Despite this, 81 percent of dads polled said they didn't mind playing their part in family life and whilst 36 percent felt that being a modern dad is hard work, a much more positive 64 percent said it is a joy.
This research was commissioned by Notonthehighstreet.com, to get a better understanding of the UK's dads, and encourage the nation's children to really get to know their fathers.
Sarah Atkins, Brand Director, notonthehighstreet.com commented: "We often see Dad as just Dad, but as this survey has shown there's a lot more to the nation's fathers than meets the eye.
"We want everyone to really get to know their dad this Father's Day and discover what he dreams of and the life experiences he's had that have shaped him into the man he is today.
"Our survey has also uncovered some really great insights into Dad's other side - from wannabe footballer to rock star - the nation's dad's certainly aren't boring.
"So, while we can't all organise for dad to headline Glastonbury or score the winning goal in the FA Cup final - we can show him how much we care by giving him a truly thoughtful gift this Fathers' Day that's personal to him."
TOP TWENTY DAD DREAMS
Premiership footballer - 43 percent
Rock star - 37 percent
Pilot - 35 percent
Hollywood actor -33 percent
Film director - 30 percent
Writer - 28 percent
Astronaut - 27 percent
Rally driver - 27 percent
Music producer - 24 percent
TV presenter - 21 percent
Professional golfer - 18 percent
Male model - 18 percent
Stunt man - 18 percent
Artist - 18 percent
Prime Minister - 18 percent
Cricketer - 16 percent
Food critic - 16 percent
Michelin star chef - 16 percent
Rugby player - 14 percent
Brain surgeon - 13 percent
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Founded in 2006 by Holly Tucker MBE and Sophie Cornish MBE, the brand has experienced exceptional growth with gross sales (TTV) in 2016 reaching £158 million and delivering a compound growth rate of 135% since launch.