Siblings can be annoying and disruptive at times, but there seems to be no fun in growing up alone. Without a partner in crime, confidant, or a shoulder to cry on, only children often feel isolated and lonely. A user asked the forum, “What’s the worst about being an only child?”
Here are the top responses!
INTERACTING WITH OTHERS IS CHORE
“You become too comfortable with being alone all the time, to the point where being alone is the default and interacting with others feels like a chore, and that doesn’t play out too well in the real world.”
NO ONE TO PLAY WITH
“When I was little, people would give me board games like Monopoly for gifts, and I wouldn’t have anyone to play with. I even had to play Hungry Hungry Hippo solo. I did master Solitaire, though!”
FEAR OF BEING LEFT ALONE
“When my parents die, that’s it. I’m just alone.”
“I think because I am an only child, I have become used to spending time alone. As a result, I am quite anti-social. I don’t mind being around people and can be quite talkative. However, it exhausts me, and I need far too much time to recover.”
“As an adult, I sometimes find it difficult to quiet the self-talk because all too often, growing up, it was all I had.”
CAN NOT BLAME A SIBLING
“When asked by a parent what happened, you cannot blame your sibling.”
NOT GOOD AT SHARING
“I am not good at sharing. On the plus side, I got all of my parents’ attention, so I had a lot of love and support. On the downside, I had to live up to high expectations and did not have a lot of space to hide. There was nowhere to hide, no one to blame anything on, and no backup when they were being unreasonable.
But I also didn’t have to split time, affections, or personal belongings with some other gremlin sharing my DNA.”
“Taking care of an elderly parent with no one to help.”
BOREDOM AND LONELINESS
“Immense boredom, loneliness, nobody to help you care for your sick and dying parents.
No cousins, uncles, or aunts for my kids to play with on my side.”
NOBODY TO TAKE GOOD PHOTOS
“There is nobody to take good photos of you during family vacations.”
NO SIBLING SUPPORT SYSTEM
“Missing out on that sibling support system, especially as my parents are going into their 70s now.”
“Getting into a relationship and realizing what a selfish person you really are. Assuming that you were even capable of making such a realization.”
“The responsibility that comes with planning how to manage the huge estate that you will inherit one day.”
NO SANITY CHECK FOR YOUR BEHAVIOR
“No sanity check for your behavior. I went down so many rabbit holes because nobody my age was there to say, ‘Brother, what’s wrong with you?’”
“My mom was very young when she had me, and we had no men in our life. As a result, she placed all of that the emotional needs of a grown woman on me.
My mom never really raised me as a son. At best, she raised me like a little brother she got stuck with after our parents died. At worst, she treated me like I was a toxic boyfriend.”
More From Mrs Daaku Studio
13 Things Are Scientifically Proven, But People Still Don’t Believe Them. Do You Believe Them? Read about it here.
15 Red Flags That Someone Is Stupid. Are You?
Certain traits can give us clues about a person’s intelligence. For example, people who are curious and eager to learn new things are often more intelligent than those who are content with the status quo. People who are good at solving problems and thinking critically are also typically more intelligent. Read the signs of stupidity.
21 Things You’re Saying That Make People Dislike You Instantly. Guilty of Any?
There are many things that you can say or do that makes someone dislike you. Read – 21 Things You’re Saying That Make People Dislike You Instantly. Guilty of Any?
17 Curse-Free Words That Will Still Get Your Point Across. Do You Use Any?
Want to curse someone but not use the harsh words? Read 17 Curse-Free Words That Will Still Get Your Point Across. Do You Use Any?
20 Jobs That You Should Never Do, No Matter How Much They Pay. They’re Evil.
Not all jobs are great, check this out. 20 Jobs That You Should Never Do, No Matter How Much They Pay. They’re Evil.
This article was originally published on Mrs Daaku Studio.