I am an unapologetic only child. I am proud to be one. I wonder why the question. It seems in this sibling obsessed society that being an only child is such an anathema. There seems to be a lingering prejudice against 1-child families. I have written a hub how society still discriminates against childfree and 1-child families. We are also more independent because we spent time alone and we value our own company.
It is funny that people from large families DO NOT get asked if they wished they had a smaller familiy or be an only child. Oh ,no, it seems to be a double standard here. There is NOTHING WRONG with being an only child. Only children have advantages that children in multichild families do not have. We have individualized parental attention. There is more monies in the household, especially for cultural and intellectual activities. We are MORE LIKELY to participate in overseas travel, dancing school, music lessons, and the like becaues there is more monies per household.
We are more likely to attend private school than public school. Because our parents spend more time with us, teaching and discussing things with us, we have more adult vocabularies and mannerisms than those in multichild families. In multichild families, especially large families, there is less parental interaction and children's main interactors are other siblings. As social psychologist, Robert Zajonc asserted that the larger number of siblingship per household, the more intellectually immature a child is. It also applies when children raise each other which is quite rife in the multichild family.
This parental interaction in only child households results in children who are high academic achievers. Only children are also drawn to more intelliectual activities than children with siblings. This second factor also accounts for the prodigiousness of only children. In small families, including 2-child families, there is more of an emphasis on intellectual and cultural activities than it is in large families, where the main concern is survival.
Being an only child is a blessing. If one wants companionships, there are outside nonrelated children and cousins. Only children are more likely to be more universalistic in their actions because we had to go outside to make friends and companions. People with siblings are more insular and parochial because their primary friends are siblings. Seldom do people with siblings have outside friends and/or companions.