Scientific research claims that the youngest sibling is the funniest

It doesn’t matter what family you happen to be in, there are going to be personality differences among the siblings. Some of those siblings tend to be more serious than others may be the ‘family clown’. It seems as if those funny siblings are always trying to make other people laugh and they are sometimes successful at doing so. If you were to guess, you may say that the oldest sibling was the jokester because they have their younger brothers and sisters as a captive audience. Science has something else to say on the subject.

YouGov provides the following research and you might be surprised with what it has to say. When you compare the children in the family, the youngest sibling seems to be the funniest. The research tends to suggest that the older child has more responsibility and they tend to be more serious as a result. It has often been thought that birth order is associated with personality traits. The personality of a comedian seems to fall squarely on the shoulders of the youngest child.

The study has the following to say:

“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.”

One noteworthy part of the study is that 54% of older children admit to being more responsible than their younger brother or sister. When the younger siblings were asked, they admitted to being funny and easy-going.

I don’t know about you, but I think my older brother and sister have an email coming.


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