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  • This Is What Expectant Dads Search on the Internet (Yay for Pinoy Dads!)

    They want to know more about sharing the parenting load with their partners...among other things.
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
This Is What Expectant Dads Search on the Internet (Yay for Pinoy Dads!)
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  • A confirmed pregnancy is usually met with happy congratulatory messages to the couple, especially if they are first-time parents. Beyond that, everyone's energies will be directed towards the would-be mom and the growing life inside her. 

    There will be baby showers and gifts for the upcoming baby and the new mom, seminars to teach a mom the skills she needs to care for a newborn, books and videos and workshops to make sure the mom will be well-equipped to handle parenthood.

    But what about the dad?

    It would appear that dads are left out in the preparations for parenthood. No wonder they have to do it on their own—and Google makes the best ally.

    If we are to base it on Google survey results released in June 2018, it appears that dads are, in fact, looking to play a more active role in parenthood based on searches made in the past year — in particular, Filipino dads. In an interview with ANC channel's Market Edge, Google Philippines industry analyst Geia Lopez says that Pinoy men are breaking stereotypes. "They're also hands-on with their parenting, they also want to prepare really good food at home, and they want to be involved in designing the house as well," Lopez says.

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    Similar findings surfaced in a McCann Worldgroup Philippines (MWP) report in 2016 called "The Truth About Filipino Dads," which reveals that while many dads recognize their traditional roles as providers and disciplinarians, they feel they actually do more. They see themselves as their child's playmate or buddy, a teacher, and travel companion.

    But while these findings are very encouraging, elsewhere in the world, men's Google search results are skewed differently. In fact, they are often downright weird. 

    Data from Google in 20 countries show what men become curious about once they find out their wives or partners are pregnant.

    In the United Kingdom, some of the common searches are "my wife is pregnant and I'm scared" and "my wife is pregnant and hates me."

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    Men also showed concern about the food that their pregnant partners can or cannot eat: Germans are curious about salami, Americans searched about sushi, and in Singapore, green tea and pineapple were their top concerns.

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    "Can pregnant women have sex" was a top concern in India, making it in the top 10 questions four times in different paraphrases.

    Now this will seem really strange (or probably not), but one of the top searches in Google concerning men and pregnancy is, "Can I drink my wife's breast milk?" or variations thereof (women searched for "My husband wants me to breastfeed him.")

    Mexico will put your faith back in men with the most popular searches being “poems for my pregnant wife” and “loving phrases for my pregnant wife.”

    Whichever way you look at it, these results show that men are finding their roles in the family to be evolving, breaking stereotypes by making themselves available to share the parenting load. Mark de Joya of the MWP told GMA News, "In a ‘sharenting’ mindset, everyone carries the load," whether you're a mom or a dad. 

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