August 12 is national Middle Child Day, but what is normally a gigantic holiday celebrated by all people around the world will, this year, be a more melancholy affair.
It turns out, according to an article by Adam Sternbergh in The Cut, middle children are going extinct.
Abraham Lincoln. Britney Spears. Jan Brady. Me. All proud middles. Ish. Proudish. Why middle children in America… https://t.co/SVclRh21WG— Adam Sternbergh (@Adam Sternbergh) 1531410670.0
Losing middle children will be a huge blow—they offer so much to our culture!
Middle children are empaths, peacemakers, negotiators — and an endangered species. @sternbergh looks at a world in… https://t.co/MJjsWKX8DO— New York Magazine (@New York Magazine) 1531313411.0
Also, it's pretty obvious Sternbergh himself is a middle child...
Said the middle child. https://t.co/xzAhWwOMEx— cody gray (@cody gray) 1531369472.0
But why are middle children disappearing?
The new disappearing middle class: Nearly two-thirds of women with children now have two or one, meaning fewer midd… https://t.co/CwKD7mAaqz— Albert Fong (@Albert Fong) 1531346999.0
Hello. Left-handed middle child Pisces here. It's a miracle I'm ALIVE. https://t.co/RKZqtdkfi2— Daisy Alioto (@Daisy Alioto) 1531330102.0
@daisandconfused @TheCut oh dear lord, sugar. you have a guardian angel or benevolent space ottermomma or SOMETHING. https://t.co/RK35sBhZPS— Lily Burana 🗽 (@Lily Burana 🗽) 1531331241.0
And nothing says "middle child" like threatening to go extinct...
my mom sent me this longread appreciation of middle children, which really taps into a true middle-child tendency:… https://t.co/reg77ufOxU— marissa lorusso (@marissa lorusso) 1531403931.0
But there's no denying the impact some of them have had on our culture!
“What few people realize is that middle children are actually more likely to successfully effect change in the worl… https://t.co/vwHGqM0rLG— Mári 🇵🇷 (I'm Black. This isn't hard.) (@Mári 🇵🇷 (I'm Black. This isn't hard.)) 1531314156.0
"...middle children are primarily distinguished by an inexhaustible need for attention, a description from which he… https://t.co/hrdTMlw3pR— Mári 🇵🇷 (I'm Black. This isn't hard.) (@Mári 🇵🇷 (I'm Black. This isn't hard.)) 1531314202.0
"In fact, the more you learn about the skills of classic middle children — peacemakers, risk takers, levelheaded lo… https://t.co/ic8iLsx2pL— Mári 🇵🇷 (I'm Black. This isn't hard.) (@Mári 🇵🇷 (I'm Black. This isn't hard.)) 1531314398.0
What better way to get attention than to change the world?
it me, a classic middle child: "private but also starved for affection" https://t.co/dcrmOmSgPd— Akanksha Jayanthi (@Akanksha Jayanthi) 1531425901.0
But, in what ways do older children and younger children contribute?
older child syndrome is where you thanklessly take care of the entire family https://t.co/7V1JR8AFXe https://t.co/QK3BcmmgvI— Aude White (@Aude White) 1531336631.0
Let's bring back the middle child!
jokes on you: I'm ONLY going to have a middle child https://t.co/7L6AAikutQ— Libby Hill (@Libby Hill) 1531324522.0
hug a middle child today https://t.co/yvo26aXV3k— Adam Sternbergh (@Adam Sternbergh) 1531312380.0
Enjoy Middle Child Day this August 12... who knows when it will be the last one.
Aug. 12-middle child day. Who is celebrating our independence and resilience with me? Having t shirts made.… https://t.co/pCNJV1e4gr— Kate (@Kate) 1531417957.0