Could birth order influence likelihood of finding love?

Could birth order influence likelihood of finding love?

You might be forgiven for assuming that your brothers and sisters don't have much to do with your likelihood of dating success – unless they steal your dates or sabotage candlelit meals, of course.

However, a new poll has suggested they may be more important than you thought – because your order in the family could influence your chances of finding love.

Of course, the poll came from a dating website, so it's worth taking with a pinch of salt, but we did think its findings were quite interesting.

Plenty of Fish analysed data from 7.6 million of its singles and discovered that first born children are more likely to find relationships than only children, middle ones or the very youngest, the Huffington Post reports.

Indeed, the eldest of four was around ten per cent more likely to leave the website loved up than the national average – while the second of four was at the bottom of the pecking order for doing so.

Interestingly, only children still fared better than middle youngsters or the babies of other families – perhaps it could be something to do with the extra attention that eldest kids also experience (at least for a while)?

There may be even more bad news for middle children too, based on the latest data from the Office for National Statistics. In 2012, the UK had a higher percentage of households with three or more children than three-quarters of European Union countries – that's a lot of middle siblings!

On average though, each couple had 1.7 kids, so there should still be plenty of 'eldests' to experience that lucky in love feeling.

We'd always recommend not relying on luck and an assumption that you'll never find Mr Right based on birth order, though. Instead, find out how you can maximise your chances of getting loved up with a psychic or tarot reading.

Who knows, you might just need to change the place you're looking to track him down – and then you can invite all your siblings to the wedding! 

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