New day, new study. This one suggests that our birth order plays a big part in forming our character, which plays a large role in determining how well-matched we are with potential partners.
I am a first-born and Drew is a last-born (we both each have one sibling of the same sex), which, according to this study, means we are the “happiest choice” for each other. “One reason is that the eldest in a family is likely to be an organized and caring person. A last-born enjoys being dependent on someone else, but also tends to be less organized.” That’s nice, but God help you if you and your partner are both first-borns, both only children, or one first-born and one only child. The study suggests these are the worst matches if we’re to believe that birth order plays a big role in character development.
I’d like to know how character development is affected for those whose birth orders were not determined in the formative years from birth to six years old. For example, I was an only child until I was nearly seven (today happens to be my sister’s 28th birthday, actually; Happy birthday, Allie!), so did my character just change overnight when I became an older sibling? And what about people who were only children until much later in life? Or those who were the last-born well into their grade-school years (or older) before a surprise younger sibling made an appearance?
What’s the birth order of you and your significant other (or a past relationship if you aren’t in one now)? Do you agree with the study’s summary of partnerships? [via Daily Mail]