New Study Confirms: First-Born Children Are Smarter Than Their Siblings


Some people who are the oldest sibling may feel slighted in some way or another but a study shows that it may actually give you bragging rights. The study shows that older siblings tend to be the smartest siblings, and you can’t argue with science.


Economists at the University of Edinburgh conducted the study, which showed that first-born children tend to score higher on IQ tests and tend to have better-thinking skills.

In addition, the oldest children in the family tend to shine when it comes to matching letters, reading single words out loud, remembering names and on reading tests. They also tend to excel when given a picture vocabulary test.

One of the reasons why this may be true is because older children tend to get more mental stimulation and attention than their siblings. First-time parents tend to be enthusiastic about raising their children and therefore, have all their ducks in a row. They may even provide more emotional support for the older child in the family.

The same study also shows that having more children tends to change the behavior of the parents. They tend to read less to the child and the younger kids have fewer opportunities to play musical instruments. After all, parents are busy and as more children are added, they get busier.

Statistics were taken from the U.S. Department of Labour.

Edinburgh University School of Economics researcher Dr. Ana Nuevo-Chiquero said this.

“Our results suggest that broad shifts in parental behavior are a plausible explanation for the observed birth order differences in education and labour market outcomes.”

Although they may have the brains, they might also have the pressure to go further in life and that can balance things. So, if you are a younger brother or sister, I’m sorry to break the news to you. If you are the oldest sibling, it’s time for you to make some calls.



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