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.
In more great news for younger siblings, another study carried out by academics at Birmingham and Reading universities, found they’re also more likely to be millionaires than their elder counterparts.
The results of the study were published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, and claims that siblings were ‘more likely to be exploratory, unconventional and tolerant of risk’.
It was found that the youngest children of non-entrepreneurial families are more likely to become entrepreneurs as they were ‘born to rebel’ and take risks.
Researchers discovered this by following 6,300 British men and women who were born in 1970 and raised with siblings, Stylist reports.
They found that in families with no history of entrepreneurship, the youngest of two children had a 49 per cent chance of becoming their own boss by the time they were 38.
Even if you’re the youngest of three, there was still a 43 per cent chance of the youngest starting their own business.
However, in families with a history of self-employment, things were flipped and the first and middle-born children were more likely to become entrepreneurs.
Maybe it’s time to be a bit nicer to your little brothers and sisters?
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.