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Are Dads Really Connecting Online?

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I saw a great infographic on AdWeek the other day with some really interesting¬†analytics on how dads use social media and how brands interact with them. Personally. I really don’t care for brands to reach out when I present a question to the internet, I assume they will always present their brand in the best possible light even if it isn’t the best fit for me. That said, I have had some EXCELLENT customer service over Twitter and Facebook. Dell handled a repair and replacement claim almost 100% through Twitter DM and I’ve never been happier (ended up sending out a brand new laptop for my wife and because they no longer carried that model they sent one with a retail of $1000 more… I’m still stunned).

The other thing that stood out to me was the parenting advice given/received and it’s impact on the dads surveyed. I see the constant advice thrown at my wife on how to raise our kids but rarely feel it myself. If I get any advice it’s usually from older women and quite often in a tone assuming I know nothing about being a parent. We get a lot less of it now that our clan has grown but I can confidently say my wife received more than I did. I think it may be more a sign of the “hands off” approach most men take when it comes to personal lives; we don’t wamt to pry because we don’t want to have someone else pry. On the flip side its so rare that we ever ask for advice as it may be a sign that we don’t have it all together. News flash: You don’t.

This is another call for community. We need it. I don’t care if you’ve been a dad for a day or for 40 years, you don’t have it all together and you NEED other men around you for support. No more lone wolves, guys.

What about you? Do you feel like you really connect with other guys online or is it mostly superficial?

Sean Leacy

Christ follower, husband & father. Geek extraordinaire, SysAdmin & avid outdoorsman. I love to lead worship & write. #DadLife #RedeemingFatherhood