In a recent survey of thirteen Helix students who were asked if they had at least one or more siblings, the results were surprising.
One hundred percent say they have siblings, while zero percent said that they didn't have siblings. While this number may seem high, “Approximately eighty percent of Americans have at least one brother or sister; in fact, kids today are more likely to grow up with a sibling than a father” (Lyon par. 2). This means that over half of our population has at least one sibling. That is good for the next generation. Research supports the idea that having a sibling may make someone a more selfless person. Also, having a sibling may help them develop sympathy.
Although so people may not want a sibling, they should think again. The same thirteen people were asked if they wanted to be an only child. Ninety two percent said they didn't while only eight percent said that they did. That really is surprising. Since everyone who was surveyed is in high school, some might think that they would be down on their siblings by now. The main reason they all said that they didn't want to be an only child was that they would be too lonely. A couple said that it would be boring or they wouldn't have anyone to play or hangout with. One student took a different approach. “I like to teach my younger siblings stuff,” said Senior Preston Brower. This show that some siblings really do have each others backs.
The number of siblings these thirteen students actually have shows how large of a family they come from. Forty six percent said they have two siblings. Twenty three percent said they have three siblings. Fifteen percent said they have four siblings. Eight percent said they have six siblings. One person even said that they have eleven siblings. Senior Lizzy Shaw always has someone to share with, even if they don’t all live in the same house.
I asked the same thirteen people how many brothers they have, and eight percent said they have no brothers. Forty six percent say they have one brother. Fifteen percent say they two brothers. Fifteen percent say they have three brothers. Eight percent say they have four brothers. And eight percent say they have six brothers. Then I asked how many sisters they have. Fifteen percent said they have no sisters. Thirty eight percent said they have one sister. Thirty eight percent said they have two sisters. And eight percent said they have five sisters. So most of the people have at least one brother and sister.
Overall, siblings are important, and they definitely change a child's perspective of the world. Those with siblings are more caring, have someone to talk to at all times, and have someone that will never leave you. There are some bad relationships with siblings, although, because not everyone gets along, but the family bond will be with them forever.