Middle Children Are Becoming Extinct

“Families with two or fewer kids have become the norm for every demographic group. Middle children, the most populous birth-order demographic throughout most of human history, will soon be the tiniest.”

Here’s something I never considered before — since families have fewer children than they used to, middle children are becoming extinct.

The Cut explores the impact a drastic reduction of middle children will have on society and finds we may be losing just the kind of people we need most these days.

As middle children disappear, society also loses the valuable traits they possess including tendencies to be peacemakers, risk takers, loyalists, and people with expansive friend groups.

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