Father's Day is here, bringing with it the yearly parade of neckties and bottles of Scotch and barbecue tools. But while the traditional Father's Day gifts aren't likely to change anytime soon, fatherhood itself is in the middle of a major transformation. The number of single dads has never been higher; for that matter, neither is the number of hours that men spend with their offspring. American dads are spending more time shopping, cooking, and taking care of their kids than at any time in history.
With that in mind, here are 10 numbers that paint a picture of the changing American father.
American Dads by the Numbers: A Father's Day Run-Down
The number of American fathers in 2008, as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau. (That's the last year data is available for.)
Percentage of dads who hope that they won't get a necktie on Father's Day.
Percentage of men and women who think that Mother's Day gets more attention than Father's Day. 15 percent of respondents -- and 23 percent of men! -- are okay with that.
Ten of the best movie dads ever, according to a completely scientific poll of the opinions of Bruce Watson, the author of this article.
Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
Vito Corleone, "The Godfather"
Guido, "Life Is Beautiful"
Daniel Hillard, "Mrs. Doubtfire"
Ted Kramer, "Kramer Vs. Kramer"
Marlin, "Finding Nemo"
Man, "The Road"
Bryan Mills, "Taken"
George Monroe, "Life as a House"
Harry Stamper, "Armageddon"