Father’s Day survey proves revealing
As this year’s Father’s Day falls on Sunday, a survey conducted in 561 universities nationwide by the news website youth.cn reveals students’ relationships with their fathers. China Daily reported.
More than 79 percent of college students know their father’s birthday, compared with 21 percent who don’t.
Xu Jianxing from North China University of Science and Technology said he can’t forget his father’s birthday because it’s the same day as the Dragon Boat Festival. He usually gives him a call or sends him a video on his birthday, the report said.
Sun Jing from Wuhan University said she marks all her family’s birthdays on the calendar in her cellphone so she won’t miss them.
The report found more than 56 percent said they have a good relationship with their father, while less than 3 percent considered the relationship bad, and the rest fell somewhere in between. But when asked about whether they will tell their innermost thoughts to their father, about 54 percent said no.
In China, people have the tendency to hide their feelings, even from close family members. But things appear to be changing, as more and more people become open-minded and want to offer affection to their loved ones.
A total of 64.35 percent said their fathers are not good at expressing their feelings, 55.26 percent said their fathers are responsible, 45.45 percent said their fathers are nice, 42.25 percent said their fathers are serious, 11.41 percent considered their fathers as an idol, while 8.38 percent said their fathers are scary, the report said.
Four in 10 dads have not seen their children on Father’s Day, a new poll has revealed.
According to a ComRes survey of more than 1,000 fathers, some 37 per cent said they, or someone they know, have experienced not seeing their children on Father’s Day.
If this is indicative of the general population, some 2.3 million men will not see their children today.
The survey, commissioned by the campaign group Fathers 4 Justice focussed on men with children aged 18 and under.
It also found that one in five fathers, (20 per cent) feared losing, or had lost contact with their children, and 22 per cent knew someone who had experienced this.
One third (32 per cent) had experienced, or knew someone who had experienced, distress or mental health issues after being denied access to their children.
Matt O’Connor, the founder of Fathers 4 Justice commented: “These figures, lay bare the appalling scale and reality of the challenges dads face on a daily basis. Denial of access to their children, estrangement and mental health problems for millions of men has become the norm.”
One of the aims of the campaign group is to secure dedicated political representation for men and boys, in the same way that women have a Women’s minister.
They are also calling for a fully funded ‘safety net’, focused on addressing the alarmingly high rates of male suicide, depression and other health issues linked to family breakdown.
The ComRes poll found that nearly one in six dads, (17 per cent) had experienced challenges accessing their children, while a quarter (27 per cent) knew someone who had.
“Since we started our campaign in 2001, our helpline has received in the order of 750,000 calls, roughly one every 15 minutes, from men, or their partners who are struggling with access after separation, depression and mental health problems, or who are being unfairly treated by a system that seems rigged against them,” said Mr O’Connor.
“These fathers just want to be able to see their kids and not have to go through a lengthy and expensive legal process to make this happen.”
Survey says dads want cannabis for Father’s Day
That comes from a survey done by Lift, a tech company that works in the cannabis industry.
They polled dads who use cannabis and found that 83 per cent would welcome a cannabis-related gift of some kind. The numbers were higher for younger dads.
This is the first Father’s Day since the legalization of cannabis in Canada.
Last year, Lift asked people if they would get high with their dads once legalization came into effect, but only 14 per cent thought that was a good idea.