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Firstborn daughters most likely to succeed

Firstborn Girls More Likely To Succeed Than Their Siblings

Firstborn daughters, listen up: Scientists have discovered you'll likely end up being more ambitious and successful than your younger siblings. Yep, have fun hold that one over them.

"This was a study that found oldest daughters are 13 percent more likely to go to college than firstborn sons."

Their research yielded many observations, which The Atlantic neatly summed up.

In general, firstborn children - boys and girls - are 7 percent more likely to continue onto college and 16 percent more likely to go onto graduate school. But, researchers also concluded that firstborn girls are 13 percent more likely to go onto college and graduate school than firstborn sons.

"Researchers think it's because parents devote more time to the oldest children."

Now, a writer for Scientific American points out the extra time eldest children get from their parents most likely isn't intentional.

For example, firstborns get all their parents' time before the next sibling is born. And then once siblings come along, parents often feel they need to spend extra time with their firstborn so he or she doesn't feel overshadowed by the new children.

Researchers from the University of Essex in the U.K. looked at families containing different types of sibling groups.

Excluding families with only children or firstborn sets of twins, they tried to discover if differences in the birth order affected academic success, The Guardian reports.

Time points out that this is the case no matter whether the eldest has sisters, brothers or both. But the researchers did find another factor that seemed to be at play.

The firstborn girls who are most likely to succeed are the ones who are at least four years older than the next sibling.

And for all you disbelievers out there, let's take a look at some celebrities whose success seems to exemplify the researchers' findings.

There's Oprah.

And Hillary Clinton.

Oh, and the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middleton.

We think that's pretty decent proof.

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tab555 May 05 2014 at 11:04 AM

Sorry but this has absolutely no truth. I was the second born daughter and was the only "successful" child in my family. Went to college, obtained a BS and a Masters and taught for 34 years. My older sister never finished college, lives like a hermit, never held a job and is a social outcast. My younger brother also never finished college and is a car salesman, not that there's anything wrong with that. This study is flawed. "Most likely" does not indicate success!!!

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cazsue tab555 May 05 2014 at 11:14 AM

So ONE exception mean the study is flawed? YOU DON'T GET IT!!!!!!!

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tab555 cazsue May 05 2014 at 1:08 PM

Read the rest of the comments. Many disagree with the study and I question the idea of "success." You don't get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PABLO May 05 2014 at 11:42 AM

Another nonsense study. Academics have nothing better to do!

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Epignosisgrace PABLO May 05 2014 at 12:47 PM

Right on, PABLO!!!

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mhammer491 May 05 2014 at 11:51 AM

What have they actually done for humanity? This site is so liberally biased it is not even funny anymore. They try so very hard to make all of the liberal nut cases look so glorious!

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merc122548 mhammer491 May 05 2014 at 12:06 PM

Absolutely! Not all that long ago, Hillary's own staffers were asked to name accomplishments that their boss achieved over the years. Do you think they could name any? Outside of dedicating a couple of statues when she was a "senator" from New York, they were hard pressed to come up with anything! And yet we keep her in the limelight. Oprah Winfrey is just an "opportunist"; look at the way she and Dr. Phil have fed off of each other over the years ... each to puff up their own egos. Let's face it, we are a nation obsessed with "celebrity" anymore. Anybody that accomplishes something of REAL merit gets lost in the dustbin. Sad.

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gunthermax May 05 2014 at 11:51 AM

Holds true in my family!

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Susie May 05 2014 at 11:51 AM

This is a STATISTICAL study; the study says nothing about any individual, although the article cites a few examples.The firstborn female LOSERS commenting here, who think they are putting the lie to the study, are only demonstrating that YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT STATISTICS ARE.

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Barbara Susie May 05 2014 at 12:01 PM

Susan, wherever you fall in line in the family you most certainly inherited the insensitivity / rude gene.

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Colleen's Screen May 05 2014 at 12:01 PM

As the oldest and only daughter in our family I can say that personally this study is mostly BS. While not exactly successful, I am unmotivated and downright lazy and I love it. I am, however, exceedingly happy.

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Epignosisgrace Colleen's Screen May 05 2014 at 12:46 PM

LOL! That's telling them, Colleen!!! LOL!!!!

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lwfcwrb May 05 2014 at 12:07 PM

Who did not know that these college athletes received sub par educations? This is a scandal? LOL.

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oput May 05 2014 at 12:07 PM

3 people constitute proof? I believe the study, but c'mon.

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ltyner6 May 05 2014 at 12:33 PM

I am second born daughter, I have a older sister, and two younger brothers. I am the only one of four to graduate high school and college. I have a bachelors in business and finance, and a bachelors in arts and literature. I don't think that it's an order in who was born or who was paid attention too the most. I think a matter of whether or not you want to make something of yourself.

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nataliahajduk ltyner6 May 05 2014 at 12:47 PM

you have 2 bachelors???

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Kate nataliahajduk May 05 2014 at 1:14 PM

Lots of people do, or have two masters or associates. I don't see anything surprising about it.

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rbmcgrath1 May 05 2014 at 12:34 PM

This is the biggest crock of bullshit I've ever read.

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