MOST OF US can’t move for the number of sibling-related studies currently filling our news feeds.
And depending on which research you choose to believe, it’s all pretty cut and dry.
We mean, the younger sibling is funnier while the older is more intelligent. Sure Jaysus, you’re laughing… as long as the younger sibling is talking.
So, while the jury is still out on much of the research we’ve stumbled across, there are some hard and fast facts no one can argue with if you’re the younger sibling… especially if there’s only two of you.
And here are just a handful.
1. You have a third parent.
If you’re a girl, having an older brother is like having a second father.
In fact, it’s sometimes harder getting around your older brother when it comes to certain things than it is your actual parents. And you’re lying if you said you haven’t plotted with your parents to keep your older sibling in the dark over something.
2. The fight over the remote was never worth it.
And that’s even after one your parents pried the remote from their first-born’s hand, and gave you free rein for an hour.
How were you meant to enjoy your stories when your older sibling’s eyes were burning into the side of your head in fury?
3. Your teachers would always compare you.
No matter how much you excelled in your own right, there’d always be at least one teacher who was mad to compare you to your older sibling.
And there was always another who didn’t feel the need to learn your name since you were always going to be known as your older sibling’s younger brother or sister.
4. You regularly envisioned an imaginary third sibling.
With only two of you knocking about, it was hardly surprising you imagined a third sibling, and pondered which one of you they’d prefer.
5. Fancying their mates was currency.
There was no easier way to wind up your older sibling than to suggest you were only weak for one of their mates.
If you played your cards right, the suggestion would mean they’d often squirrel their mates off to their room, away from your pervy eyes, ultimately leaving you in control of the TV.
6. The ‘They’re in charge’ rule still haunts you.
If you’ve made it to adulthood without even one heartwrenching memory of a time your older sibling was left in charge of you by themselves, hats off to your parents for their work on their first-born.
Most of us younger siblings still carry the scars of our parents’ nights on the town.
7. You get the heads-up on school rules.
Having an older sibling meant you got the lay of the land before you even stepped foot though the doors of your new secondary school.
You knew which teachers hated your sibling, which one laid into your mam at the Parent/ Teacher meeting and which ones were prime Free Class fodder.
8. You get a kick out of making them laugh.
No matter how much they antagonised you, there was always a kick to be had out of getting them to roar with laughter.
You hated yourself for the buzz it gave you, but what could you do?