The Happiest Children Are Only-Children
The fewer siblings you’ve got, the happier you are – at least in England. A survey by our across-the-pond pals reveals that most British kids are happy, and minorities are generally more happy than the white Britons…so, we know this study doesn’t apply to American kids, who are unhappy racist jerks (no citation needed). Britain in 2011, the State of the Nation, a magazine published by the Economic and Social Research Council, plans to publish the results friday – just in case you live in England and don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Turns out that bullying is one of the main factors that makes siblinged-children less happy than only-children. More than half of children, according to their study, are bullied by siblings. Another factor in the unhappiness might, as one British psychologist suggests, be that each child has less privacy and less individual attention from parents.
Also, from the desk of old humorist Sam Levenson: “If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage, just listen to her talking to her little brother.”
Edit appears after the jump.
11/30/10 1:45pm: And of course, Bryan had to add this.
Sauce: The Guardian