Scientists decided that there wasn't quite enough sibling rivalry in the world.
Anyone who has a sibling knows that sibling rivalry exists. It may not be at the forefront of the relationship, but there is always, and I mean always, some sort of competition between siblings, even if it's never addressed or discussed. But because some scientists apparently decided that there wasn't quite enough sibling rivalry in the world, they did a study, documented the conclusions, then shared them with the world to see. I've already texted my sister calling foul on this whole thing.
The study out of Britain looked into the personality traits and characters of the first born and last born of families, because, as everyone knows, there is a clear difference in how people act, react, live their lives, and all the rest of it, depending on their birth order.
Some of the highlights from the study are things over which I'd would gladly quibble with any of these scientists any day, but considering my sister and I decided long ago that our personalities are out of whack based on our birth order, I'm willing to let it roll off my back. So without further ado…
Forty-six percent of youngest children think they're the funny ones in the family, compared to only 36 percent of eldest kids who think they're the barrel of laughs. The younger ones, at 17 percent, think they're the favorite kiddo, while only 10 percent of the eldest feel that way. When it comes to responsibility, success, organization, and self-confidence, it's the oldest children who think they have those personality traits in the bag.
But while those grown-up qualities fall on the eldest, the youngest gets to bask in the glory of being more easy-going and relaxed. As the oldest child in my family, I roll my eyes at you youngest one! It must be so nice to be so funny, so relaxed, and so easy-going!
But where the biggest difference in percentages lie is in the responsibility category. While 54 percent of oldest kids think they’re the responsible ones, only 31 percent of the youngest children think they are. The researchers behind the study think this may be attributed to both age and birth order:
"Undoubtedly there are family forces at work—parental attention soon shifts onto new arrivals, and first borns may have to learn the ropes themselves."
Great… so we become mommy's little helper and are therefore forced into a life of responsibility, while the little one gets a lifetimes of excuses as to why they can't pay their rent?! OK; so maybe there are some jealousy issues there. I'm working on it.
But my sibling rivalry aside, the point is that each child is different in their own way because of their birth order. Even if you don't adhere to the conventional standards as to what your personality traits should be based on whether you're first born, second born, or last born, you're still unique from your siblings, and that's what makes you love each other so much.