A study from King’s College London and the Seaver Autism Center finds that boys born to older fathers are more intelligent, more focused on their interests and are less concerned about fitting in. These qualities help them to be more successful in school and careers.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data received 15,000 pairs of twins who completed online tests at age 12 to measure their “geek-like” traits, including non-verbal IQ, focus, and social aloofness. The researchers also received data from their parents.
Study author Magdalena Janecka, a postdoctoral fellow at the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, says: “We have known for a while about the negative consequences of advanced parental age but now we have shown that these children may also go on to have better educational and career prospects.”