The researchers from King’s College London and The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the US collected behavioural and cognitive data from 15,000 UK-based twin pairs. The twins were measured on ‘geeklike’ traits, including nonverbal IQ, strong focus on the subject of interest and levels of social aloofness.Overall, higher geek index scores were reported in the sons of older fathers. In addition `geekier’ children do better in school exams, particularly in the STEM (science, technology , engineering and mathematics) subjects.
Although the study did not investigate the role of environmental factors, it is felt older fathers, with higher socio-economic status than younger ones. can offer their children a more enriched environment.