Sorry folks but a study has confirmed that annoying younger siblings, who are always at the centre of attention, are indeed the funniest in the family.
Anyone with a younger brother or sister knows the awful struggle of having to set a responsible example while they get to have all the fun – and attention. Not fair!
According to a poll by YouGov, younger siblings typically see themselves as being funny while elders claim to be more successful and organised feeling a greater weight of responsibility.
Studying the personalities of the youngest and oldest children in British families, the study found there were many differences in character between the two.
Splitting out the first and last born siblings in British families with more than one child (86 per cent of the population), a clear divide in personality traits emerges.
The most significant difference is in feeling the burden of responsibility – most (54 per cent) first borns say they are more responsible than their siblings, compared to 31 per cent of last borns.
Younger siblings, on the other hand, are more likely to say they are more funny (46 per cent compared to 36 per cent of elder siblings), more easy going and more relaxed.
The key thing to note is the study says younger siblings ‘are more likely to say they are more funny’. So my sister can pipe down!
Since older children are seen to be more responsible, then they are also more likely to be successful according to the research.
It also proves though that ‘younger siblings are more likely to feel more favoured by their parents’ so, unfortunately, we can’t have it all.