Father’s Day on Facebook

By Dustin Cable, Facebook Data Analyst and Mandy Zibart, Consumer Content Manager

Father’s Day will be celebrated in many countries this Sunday, and people around the world will show their appreciation for the dads in their lives, both on and off Facebook. In recognition of all the fathers out there, and those who will be celebrating them, we have put together some interesting dad-related content from Facebook including:

  • Facebook data showing some interesting shared interests between fathers and their children
  • In spirit of the World Cup, an analysis of how a certain World Cup player influenced the naming of newborns during and after the 1986 World Cup
  • An inspiring story of one young woman’s reconnection with her father on Facebook

Shared Interests Between Fathers and Their Children

While fathers and their kids may feel like there is little overlap between their favorite musicians, athletes and movies, we took a look at Likes on Facebook and found that they may have more in common than they thought. This analysis of mutual Likes among self-identified fathers and their children on Facebook as compared with Likes among all people who use Facebook reveals what their shared interests look like across music, athletes, entertainment and more. Only children who are over age 18 in likely father-child relationships were considered.

Here is the full list of shared interests among 1) fathers and children of both genders, 2) fathers and their daughters, and 3) fathers and their sons:

Fathers and Children (both genders)

TV Shows

  1. Family Guy
  2. Tosh.0
  3. House
  4. NCIS
  5. The Office
  6. Duck Dynasty on A&E
  7. The Big Bang Theory
  8. Two and a Half Men
  9. Sons of Anarchy
  10. MythBusters


  1. The Hangover
  2. Buddy The Elf
  3. Step Brothers
  4. The Blind Side
  5. The Notebook
  6. Star Wars
  7. Finding Nemo
  8. Boondock Saints
  9. Superbad
  10. Forrest Gump


  1. Johnny Cash
  2. Pink Floyd
  3. The Beatles
  4. Jason Aldean
  5. AC/DC
  6. Zac Brown Band
  7. Nickelback
  8. Carrie Underwood
  9. Brad Paisley
  10. Kenny Chesney


  1. Rob Dyrdek
  2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  3. Michael Jordan
  4. George St-Pierre
  5. Travis Pastrana
  6. Troy Polamalu
  7. Danica Patrick
  8. Michael Phelps
  9. Shaun White
  10. Walter Payton


  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. Boston Red Sox
  4. Green Bay Packers
  5. New England Patriots
  6. New York Yankees
  7. Chicago Bears
  8. New Orleans Saints
  9. Detroit Red Wings
  10. Atlanta Braves

Fathers and Daughters

TV Shows

  1. NCIS
  2. Teen Mom
  3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  4. Grey’s Anatomy
  5. Duck Dynasty on A&E
  6. Criminal Minds
  7. House
  8. The Secret Life of the American Teenager
  9. True Blood
  10. Pretty Little Liars


  1. The Notebook
  2. Dirty Dancing
  3. Dear John
  4. Buddy The Elf
  5. The Blind Side
  6. Grease
  7. Finding Nemo
  8. The Twilight Saga
  9. Easy A
  10. The Princess Bride


  1. Carrie Underwood
  2. Miranda Lambert
  3. Jason Aldean
  4. Lady Antebellum
  5. Zac Brown Band
  6. Brad Paisley
  7. Luke Bryan
  8. Kenny Chesney
  9. Sugarland
  10. Tim McGraw

Fathers and Sons

TV Shows

  1. Family Guy
  2. SportsCenter
  3. MythBusters
  4. Tosh.0
  5. South Park
  6. Band of Brothers
  7. Two and a Half Men
  8. The Walking Dead
  9. Futurama
  10. Sons of Anarchy


  1. Star Wars
  2. The Hangover
  3. Jackass
  4. Star Trek
  5. Batman: The Dark Knight
  6. 300
  7. Fight Club
  8. The Godfather
  9. Boondock Saints
  10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy


  1. Pink Floyd
  2. AC/DC
  3. Johnny Cash
  4. Ted Nugent
  5. The Beatles
  6. Metallica
  7. Queen
  8. Led Zeppelin Official
  9. Ozzy Ozbourne
  10. Eric Clapton

Maradona’s (Other) Legacy

With the first World Cup match starting today, millions of people around the world will be participating in the conversation about their favorite teams and players. One player, Diego Maradona, remains relevant in soccer history and interestingly, in the names of many young men who were born during and after the historic matches he played in nearly 30 years ago, according to an analysis by the Facebook Data Science team. Towards the end of the World Cup in 1986, there was a 260% increase of babies named Diego in Argentina, and 1 out of 3 Diegos born in Brazil between June 1986 and 1987 were named after Maradona. You can find the full note here.

10422422_10152575420197652_8039033233006300839_n[1]Percentage of males named Diego in Argentina by date of birth (7 day moving average). The gray period corresponds to the 1986 World Cup.

I Found My Dad After 26 Years

Jessica Porter lived a mile away from her dad for 26 years without ever knowing who he was. Raised by her grandparents in Indiana, Jessica spent her entire life wondering who her birth father was until she finally learned his name and was able to search for him on Facebook.

Jessica Porter 1[4][1]Jessica Porter and Her Dad

After exchanging a few Facebook Messages, they agreed to meet and have been in each others lives ever since. This Father’s Day, Jessica will be celebrating her dad, who is also now a grandfather to her 4-year-old son. Find the full story on Facebook Stories.




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