This is a question that I’ve had on my mind for quite a while. I was talking to a friend one day when she remarked that she was the reader in her family whereas her younger siblings hardly ever read. This lead me to wonder whether the order in which you were born affects the way you read, as I am also the oldest one in my family and my younger sister isn’t much of a reader. Of course, I know that these observations could be mere coincidences (I will admit that one of my friends is a middle child and also an avid reader) but it does make me wonder how many of you are only children and how many of you are the younger sibling in your family?
When I was a kid I was super extroverted and would not shut up. I always wanted to play with other kids and I remember wanting a younger sibling sooo badly so I would have someone to play with. I think that’s one of the reasons I read so much as a child (and therefore love reading so much now): because I didn’t have someone to play with ALL THE TIME, I found friends in the books I read, and found that I really enjoyed their company. I still feel so much joy when I’m cracking open a new book, knowing that a new set of characters are waiting for me in the pages.
Anyway, my experience made me think about the correlation between being an only child/eldest child and reading. Maybe my younger sister doesn’t read as much because she always had me to play with?
Obviously these are not really scientific observations and I know that there are exceptions to this observation but I do wonder if there’s a real correlation. So, probably more than ever, I would love to hear what you think! Are you an only child? Or do you have siblings? Are you a younger sibling or the oldest in your family? Do you love reading? Do your younger siblings? Do you think my theory is totally crazy?