Siblings are all different, and research now shows that the youngest sibling tends to be the funniest. This stems from the theory that birth order shapes personalities, as siblings impact one another’s development. It also seems that parents treat children differently based on their birth order, which further contributes to personality differences.
Parents treating children differently based on their birth order is often unintentional. It doesn’t mean that the parent loves any child more than the others. Instead, it just means that the parent did things differently with each child, which is normal.
Siblings aren’t the only ones who are included in the birth order theory, either. Only children tend to develop a unique set of traits from being the only child in the family. With no one to compete with for attention, only children have other factors to consider, which will be explained later.
Even growing up in the same environment, siblings tend to differ from one another. This is because many factors contribute to personality, and birth order seems to be one of the biggest factors. Luckily for the youngest sibling, their birth line up led to them being the funniest.
The Youngest Sibling May Be the Funniest
Youngest siblings now have the science to back them when they claim they are the funniest. In a survey conducted by a market research firm, YouGov, 1,782 people were asked to rank their family members. They were ranked on characteristics of the most responsible, relaxed, funny, and other similar traits.
In most instances, it was determined that the youngest child was ranked as the funniest in the family. Older siblings tended to rank their youngest sibling as the funniest, and youngest siblings tended to rank themselves as funniest. Whichever way it was looked at, the results were clear.
The youngest was also often ranked as the most relaxed and most easy-going. On the other hand, the first-born child was ranked as the most responsible, organized, and successful. These trends are interesting because they show that many characteristics apply to birth order.
Other Characteristics of the Youngest Sibling
Being the funniest, most relaxed, and easy-going aren’t the youngest sibling characteristics. The youngest are often graced (or in some cases cursed) with other unique personality traits.
They tend to be the most free-spirited, likely because their parents become more relaxed in their parenting techniques. Parents loosen the rules a bit for the younger child and aren’t as worried and cautious anymore, either.
The youngest is oftentimes the least disciplined. Since parents become more relaxed with each child, the youngest sibling may not be held to the same high standards. This also contributes to their free-spirit because they won’t be as stressed about being perfect.
The youngest may also exhibit an outgoing personality, and they’ll be fun-loving and uncomplicated. They often have lots of charm and can win other people over easily.
On the other hand, they also may seek attention more often and be more self-centered and manipulative than the others. This is because the youngest is often used to getting their way and knows what works and what doesn’t. Since they are used to getting their way, they’ll learn to think only of their desires and not of others.
Additionally, they are more adventurous and take more risks when it comes to their career or education. Since they are more laid-back, they are willing to explore and try different things. They aren’t as afraid to fail and enjoy the experiences along the way.
They also tend to feel like their accomplishments aren’t as important because their parents have already been through them. To set themselves apart from their older siblings, they look for unique ways of self-expression and tend to be more emotional and creative.
What Science Reveals About the Other Siblings
The youngest siblings aren’t the only ones with special traits, however. Each child in a family has a unique set of traits, largely determined by their birth order. They all fall into a certain role in the family.
Firstborn Characteristics and Traits
The firstborn child of each family can find their place in the family first. This often leads to them becoming the more responsible sibling and the one that is eager to please adults. They always want to do the right thing and work hard to strive for perfection.
The oldest sibling also feels responsible for helping to care for the younger siblings. Parents are normally stricter on the rules with their first child and are overly attentive to them. This causes the oldest child to feel the need always to be perfect and please their parents.
Since parents have more one-on-one time with the oldest sibling, that sibling tends to learn more. They receive undivided attention. This advantage helps them to understand and process the world around them better. Because of this, they tend to have a higher IQ than the other siblings.
These characteristics all sound great, but it leads to some serious mental issues. Since they don’t let themselves relax or do anything that they don’t feel is perfect, they are often stressed out. They often feel like nothing they do is good enough.
Additionally, they don’t like to take risks because their fear of failure is so intense. They don’t like change and don’t enjoy trying new things.
Firstborn children want to succeed at everything, and they also exhibit the following traits:
The difference between middle children and other siblings starts right from the beginning. They will never experience being an only child, so they won’t receive the undivided attention that the first-born received. Plus, they don’t tend to receive the doting attention the youngest child receives.
This often leads to jealousy, which can cause rebellious behaviors. They are also often looking to please others to get attention, too. It will depend on the child’s temperament to whether they will be rebellious or be a people-pleaser.
Sometimes, they will be both rebellious and a people-pleaser. In this situation, they look for ways to please their peers, which they often feel is possible by being rebellious. This could lead to risky behavior and taking dangerous chances.
Middle children often feel left out, and they may struggle with their identity. They work hard to find their place in the family and even feel like they don’t belong. This is likely because they don’t get as much attention from their parents as the other children receive.
However, it isn’t all negative because their position in the family also leads to them mastering important social skills. They get along easily with others and are often extremely sociable. Their ability to get along with people from different backgrounds will help them immensely in life.
Middle children rely heavily on their friendships since they normally feel like their family doesn’t pay attention. They develop close bonds with their friends, and they tend to have a large group of friends.
They are often the first child to want to sleepover at a friend’s house or travel without their family. The middle child will also be a peacemaker, striving to have everyone happy and getting along.
Additionally, they learn negotiating and compromising early on. This stems from them feeling like they don’t fit into the family dynamic, and like their desires aren’t heard. This does lead to them being more agreeable than others, which could lead to greater enjoyment in life.
Only Children Characteristics and Traits
While children with siblings develop traits based on their birth order, only children have a unique situation. They have no one to compete with for attention and desires. So, they often feel like their parents are overbearing and have intense expectations.
Only children also receive more parental attention since their parents only have one child to worry about and provide for. Additionally, they spend more time with adults than with children and mature more quickly. They are normally smart and motivated, which is a great combination for success.
Other traits of only children are that they are very hardworking and determined. They are diligent in everything they do, and they tend to be leaders. Most times, they are also perfectionists and may become anxious if things aren’t going as planned.
Think of your youngest sibling’s personality or think of your personality if you are the youngest. You may notice that the youngest sibling is the funniest of the family. As explained before, science backs this theory, and the reasoning makes complete sense.
Each child in a family plays a special role, and each child tends to be very different from one another. Even with the same upbringing and background, siblings will develop unique traits and characteristics. The birth order theory has existed for a very long time, but it is becoming even more substantiated in current times.
With the new information, it is easy to see that the theory is accurate. Children truly do develop characteristics based on their birth order.