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Families’ youngest siblings think they are funnier

Families’ youngest siblings think they are funnier than their older counterparts, a YouGov study shows.

The survey analyzed the character features of 1,783 British adults by looking at how they rated different aspects of their personality.

The result? 46 per cent of people who were the youngest in their family considered themselves to be the funniest, compared to 36 per cent of oldest siblings, The Independent reports.


One of the reasons for this is that first-borns tend to feel a strain of responsibility that their younger brothers and sisters do not. So 54 per cent of oldest siblings confessed to feeling more responsible compared to 31 per cent of last-borns.

47 per cent of youngest siblings reported being more easy going, but success is apparently obtained by the oldest child, with 38 per cent saying that they are more fortunate than their younger siblings.

“To some extent age itself, rather than family dynamics, may be responsible for the differing characteristics. Older children, having had more time to get on in life, are more likely to say they are more successful than their siblings.” the researchers explained.

“But undoubtedly there are family forces at work – parental attention soon shifts onto new arrivals, and first borns may have to learn the ropes themselves. As evidence, elder siblings are more likely to feel more organised and able to prioritise their own lives.” they concluded.

Claire Reynolds