Interesting Facts

Why first born in a family are usually more intelligent?

Being a first born is tough. Mainly due to the extra responsibility they have to shoulder if there are two or three crazy younger siblings in the family. Which ultimately leads to increased leadership qualities. Firstborns usually receive more mental stimulation from their parents than their younger counterparts receive which ultimately results in them being more intelligent.Firstborns are showered with mental stimulation in the early days of their childhood and this fact has been proven by a new research. Researchers at University of Edinburgh has found that firstborns score much higher in IQ tests from a young age as 1 year, settlingdown the doubts and worries of those elder brothers and sisters all around the globe.

Another study by researchers from Sydney University studied data from a survey of 5,000 children to whom,picture vocabulary tests and reading were given once every two years. The researchers then analyzed the results compared to the behavior of the parents. What they found out was quite astonishing which is first born children are given more support when it comes to thinking which leads to better scores in tests.As age increased on the sly the differences of test scores accompanied with it reaching to the top. This fact has been proven by a study which studied children’s mental development from pre-birth to age 14 and issued in the Journal of Human Resources.People do mistake that firstborns receive much less love and care from their parents but all children were found to be getting the same degree of emotional support for both.

Be it firstborns or their younger counterparts. The sad truth is that parents looked as if they spend much less time with them, their younger children in activities that stimulate the brain, such as singing and took part in much less activity with them such as crafts, music and reading.Talking about the leadership qualities of first born children another study published by renowned economists Sandra E. Black at the University of Texas and Bjorn Ockert and Erik Gronqvist at Institute of Labor Management in Sweden found that firstborns are 30% more likely to be CEOs or politicians.Usually when somebody receives a new responsibility for the very first time they are much likely to be more careful, but when they receive the same responsibility again, since they are used to it they ignore the seriousness for a certain degree.

The same happens here in parenting. Parents are more vulnerable, increased risks, such as smoking more often, drinking much more alcohol, drug abuse, after giving birth to their first child.This was proved by a research led by Dr Ana Nuevo-Chiquero. Dr Ana said the results can be useful when clarifying the differences in achievement observed in their career life and education later in life.Studies done prior to this have shown that firstborns are destined to be ambitious and as a result more successful.A University of Essex study founded that firstborns in a family, or 16 per cent more likely to chase their dream of higher education than their younger counterparts as younger siblings are more thug and punk like.

Despite all these another study found that first-born perform less when it comes to health. Although this hugely depends on lifestyle and other factors of a human being. Eldest child of a family is more likely to be short-sighted than their younger brothers or sisters. Wait, hold up by short-sighted I don’t mean the ability to take quick decisions, what I mean is the actual condition. The Firstborn is 20 per cent more likely to have severe conditions like myopia (a condition where the eyes does not bend the light properly tot the brain). Conditions like this might happen because of the whole length of time parents commit to their education prove based on a research printed in the journal Jama Ophthalmology.