If you’re the youngest sibling in your family, we have some good news for you.
It turns out that the youngest child of the family is a funnier and more laid back person than their brothers and sisters.
YouGov have completed a new study that ‘proves’ once and for all younger siblings are the funniest, and that actually a lot of sibling stereotypes are true.
Researchers spoke to 1,783 British adult siblings and asked them to rate their personality traits alongside those of their brothers and sisters. The results are pretty typical to what you would guess, with older and younger siblings falling into stereotyped roles within the family.
Older children feel more sense of responsibility and tend to be more family orientated as a person where as youngest siblings would rate themselves as being funnier and more laid-back than the rest of the family.
Researchers explained, ‘The most significant difference is in feeling the burden of responsibility – most (54%) first borns say they are more responsible than their siblings, compared to 31% of last borns.’
‘Younger siblings, on the other hand, are more likely to say they are more funny (46% compared to 36% of elder siblings), more easy going and more relaxed.’
These stereotypes tend to ring true because of classic family dynamics and there is definitely ‘family forces at work’ according to the researchers. The most common reason for this behaviour is because when a new baby is born ‘parental attention soon shifts onto new arrivals, and first borns may have to learn the ropes themselves’.
But there are some good parts of being older too, you’re great at organising things. YouGov said, ‘Older siblings are more likely to feel more organised and able to prioritise their own lives.’
Although if you’re younger, you do feel like the favourite, ‘younger siblings are more likely to feel more favoured by their parents.’
Which sibling are you in your family? And do you think the stereotypes ring true for you and your brothers and sisters or your children? Let us know in the comment box!