In a lot of families, there is always that one person who serves as the clown and the jokester. There is that one member of the family who is in charge of diffusing tense situations by injecting a humorous perspective into things. These are the people who are trying to find the funny in everything. And in most cases, they are always able to elicit a laugh somewhere.
A lot of people might just typically assume that it’s the older sibling who cracks the most jokes because they happen to be the wiser and more experienced member among the kids. Also, it might be easier for them to elicit a laugh out of their younger and more impressionable audience – their younger siblings. But actually, scientific studies have confirmed otherwise.
This data and analysis actually come from YouGov and it has debunked a myth that so many people have held on to for the longest time. Out of all the kids in a family setting, it’s primarily the youngest sibling who is the culprit when it comes to being and acting funny. A lot of it has to do with the fact that the older child tends to be more overwhelmed with the added responsibility that they have as the elder sibling.
There is reason to suspect that a particular order of birth in the family is going to correspond to a specific personality type. And apparently, the title of ‘comedian’ is one that is held by the lastborn.
This is what the leaders of the research project had to say about their study.
“Splitting out the first and last born siblings in British families with more than one child (86 percent of the population), a clear divide in personality traits emerges.”
Maybe one of the most significant aspects of this study is the fact that around 54% of older children actually said that they felt responsible for the upbringing of their younger siblings. And on the other hand, the younger kids considered themselves to be a lot more laid back and funnier.