RESEARCH has revealed that David Beckham is the top influential role model for children, in a survey conducted to celebrate the launch of the third series of the TV comedy show Moone Boy.
A quarter (25%) of parents asked named the retired footballer as the biggest influencer on their children, followed by fictitious characters Harry Potter (16%) and Frozen’s Elsa (14%).
It was also shown that the influence of an imaginary friend could not be ignored, as respondents who confessed to having had one as a child consistently rated themselves higher than the national average for happiness, empathy and creativity.
Though women were almost twice as likely as men to have an imaginary friend when young (19% to 11%), a large number of male celebrities have admitted to having one.
They include Justin Timberlake, Niall Horan, Kurt Cobain and Channing Tatum.
When it came to having a cuddly toy, men were just as likely as women to admit to having had that devotion as a child, but when it came to letting go, women struggled more – 42%, compared to 25% of men, said they still had their childhood soother.
– Female First