Why is it that only children tend to prefer more intellectual activities, hobbies, and pursuits
than children who have siblings?
Intellectual activities are often played by one person, while more active games and sports require two or more. It makes sense that an only child will occupy their time with things that only require one person. Intellectual activities also require more concentration, and when you have siblings, they can easily distract you.
I'm not sure that I agree with you on this one. I know many children that are either the oldest or the youngest with perhaps a larger separation (years) between siblings or a gender difference that sets up this tendency as well.
It is true that only children sometimes have more difficulty in social situations, especially with peers, however, they tend to deal very well with adults.
Most only children find same ages peers as noisome and quite immature. In fact, the average only child find children to be less intellectually developed than they are. This is a result of being in an adult environment-they mature quicker!
I always found this as a child. I did not like interacting with other children because I found them too loud and excitable. I was quiet and timid, and much preferred the solitude of my own company.
To Vitallini, as a child, I preferred the company of much older children and/or adult. I find children my age to be utterly rowdy, immature, and quite challenged.
Yes, I always preferred the company of adults too. Even now, I prefer to be among older people than younger. I enjoy the company of my mother's friends as opposed to their children.
An only child is very different than a child who has siblings. When someone has siblings, they might not wish to grow up, they have constant playmates. An only child doesn't have anyone around and needs something to keep them busy. Their only friends are their parents so they are surrounded by adults and more intelligent individuals.
This is so true. Many people with siblings do seem to be more immature because they are CONSTANTLY surrounded by children. They are more childish because they grew up in a child centered environment in contrast to onlies who are in adult milieu.
As an only child I find that I am very much a loner and rather impatient with people who need to be social or have a ton of friends. I don't think my pursuits or hobbies tend to be more intellectual though.
I will say this and it may only be true for me and not something other only children feel - but there is an embedded loneliness that never seems to pass even in a room full of people.
I am very much a loner too. It has always been beyond me why people need so much social interaction. I feel lonlier in a crowd than I do by myself because I am so different from everyone else.
I totally agree. I am also a loner. I find people's incessant need for social interaction to be such a blatant waste of time. I would rather be reading, writing, and sketching. These activities are so educational for me.
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