I wonder if anyone knows if there has ever been a study conducted on the effects of Alphabetical order.
I suppose after one has finished with school there are far fewer instances when this is an issue, but it comes up quite a lot during crucial developmental years. At school, summer camp, youth group activities, whenever there are a large number of children gathered for common activity things are often done in Alphabetical order.
The kids with the “A” names get to go first in everything, have things returned to them first, and even get to graduate first. The “Z” kids have to go through their formative years being last in everything.
I suppose there are plenty of successful people with last names that come at the end of the alphabet to suggest that there is not much of an effect. It does seem worth wondering about though. Does anyone have any cases to report? (Me, my last name starts with an “L” so I was never really rewarded or kept down. Feels like it kinda matches my current life.