Children may fight over who gets stuck with the middle seat when heading on family trips – thanks to the limited legroom and restricted view out of the windows – but new research has discovered that it might just give them the traits needed to succeed in business. The study, carried out by Skoda has found that youngsters who had to sit between siblings in the back seat when growing up are more likely to succeed – especially in the world of work – when they’re older.
The research – which saw more than 1,000 Brits with two or more siblings quizzed – discovered that 90 per cent of those holding ‘director’ level positions were stuck in the middle seat in their youth, while 72 per cent of business owners and 62 per cent of senior managers also found themselves pinned between brothers and sisters when their family hit the road.
Whether middle seat children were made to sit there or not they seem to develop positive traits which prove to be of real value to them as adults, and often, interestingly, in their careers.
And these Brits’ success in business could be down to the traits they develop from years of being squished in the middle seat, Skoda claims. The study also found that 44 per cent of respondents are described as ‘easy going’, with ‘reasonable’ (28 per cent), ‘patient’ (25 per cent), ‘level-headed’ (21 per cent) and ‘adaptable’ (21 per cent) character traits also scoring highly. More significantly, however, 80 per cent of middle seat children attribute their success in the adult world to their childhood car seat position.
Analysing the results, consultant child psychologist and mother-of-three Laverne Antrobus said: “This research by Skoda into family car journeys is really interesting; cars are a unique environment and a lot can be revealed when everyone is sitting together in a confined space.
“It’s fascinating to see how a seating position in the back of the car, often over many years, can directly reflect or influence our personalities. Whether middle seat children were made to sit there or not they seem to develop positive traits which prove to be of real value to them as adults, and often, interestingly, in their careers.”