This story originally appeared at Goodfulness by Timothy Roberts.
Here’s some good news for those of you who happen to be the youngest child in the family. If you’re one of the older siblings, you may ask for a recount.
This isn’t just a random theory put up by a social media user. Research conducted by YouGov led to this conclusion, so you can take it to the bank.
The study looked at different siblings in the family, using their personal view of responsibility, humor, organization, self-confidence and other factors. These were used to compare the other brothers and sisters in the same family.
What was discovered was that the youngest child was easy-going in comparison to the others. The oldest sibling, on the other hand, seems to feel more responsibility than the others.
Additional research found that while older brothers and sisters may not be as funny as the younger siblings, the did tend to see more success in their life and were more family oriented.
The separation between siblings became even stronger when there was more than one child between the oldest and the youngest.
The results speak for themselves:
“The most significant difference is in feeling the burden of responsibility – most (54%) of firstborns 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 funnier (46% compared to 36% of elder siblings), more easy going and more relaxed.”
Now it’s time to go break the news to all of your sisters and brothers.