Lab #5

Step 1.

I definitely think the author adds research and information into his article seamlessly because I had to go back and actually look to find the research. While I was reading I didn’t even notice that research was being put in. Looking back, I found information from two studies, quotes from two “experts” and countless statistics about the percentage of people tipping and how much. The author doesn’t give an overload of statistics but just enough to support his argument and make you feel as if he did do research and he does have information to back up his point. The author used mainly studies done by Iowa State University and a tech research firm, two fairly reliable places to get information from. I also noticed that the author would present information and research found, and the proceed to comment on that research which I think is a better way to do it than to present a thought and support it by research.

Step 2.

Sibling relationships has become a main focus over the past few decades for both sociologists, psychologists and the everyday person, mainly because this is a topic that effects many of us. Approximately eighty percent of Americans have at least one sibling, and many more have step-siblings they’ve grown up with. Although many of us fight with our siblings, we still feel this obligation and love towards them. This is because although you feel like your siblings may cause you a lot of stress, there are many benefits to having a sibling. To start, siblings serve as a buffer for a lot of stress that can occur within a family. They can help you stand up for yourself in arguments with your parents or be your comfort if your parents split up. When it comes to family issues, they are the only ones going through the exact same thing as you are. Siblings provide good practice for learning how to solve disputes which will benefit you in your future relationships. When we get into a fight with a sibling we can’t just avoid them for the rest of our life, especially if you still live in the same house. This forces us to learn how to compromise and solve disputes, a skill that will serve you well in future romantic relationships. Many only-children aren’t used to sharing or compromising with someone else and this can have an effect on their future relationships where compromise is essential. For those of us who have an older sibling, we’re even luckier! Research has shown that children with older siblings are more likely to reach milestones, such as walking or talking, before children without. This is because as children, we look up to our older siblings and want to be just like them. If our older brother is walking, we want to walk as well! The complete opposite happens once we hit the teens, we usually want to be nothing like our older siblings because that gives our parents more to compare us on. And although your parents have probably denied it countless amount of times, research has shown that sixty-five percent of mothers and seventy percent of fathers do have a favorite child. Children are aware of this and this effects the non-favorite child’s self esteem in the long run.

“How do people make it through life without a sister?” – Sara Corpening

This is the question I often ask myself whenever my sister has my back, which is always. Who do only children talk to when their parents are being unreasonable? Or when their parents get divorced? Or when they get home from a long day at school and need someone to talk to? Friends are great for all these things. But siblings are there through it all. Somehow siblings manage to be your best friend and worst enemy all at the same time. Somehow we manage to love our siblings and hate them at once.


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