London, Nov 16 (ANI): A British survey has found that when it comes to favourites, the first child is always the one whose picture is taken the most of.
The survey of 1,413 British adults by Nikon showed that millions of couples take lots of photographs of their first child while subsequent arrivals get much less attention with the camera.
The reason for there being fewer photos of younger offspring was most often put down to time pressures, although some parents admitted that they had simply got bored of taking the same old shots.
The photographic imbalance does not go unnoticed by children with 34 percent of respondents claiming their oldest brother or sister appeared most frequently in family albums.
The survey showed that 46 percent of parents admit to taking more pictures of child number one, while fifty one percent said they took roughly the same amount of pictures of all their children, and three percent took more photos of their younger children.
Educational psychologist Dr Michele Borba believes this apparent favouritism could be a contributing factor in the theory of 'Second Child Syndrome', which looks at the impact of birth order on personality.
"Sibling rivalry is common place in families, especially large families with three or more children," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
"Whilst many parents might try to treat all their children the same it can be very easy for those little firsts that the eldest child makes - first step, first word, first day at school - to seem less remarkable with subsequent children.
"That more photographs appear of the eldest child is a great example of this and often parents do not realise they are doing it," she added. (ANI)