Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years [npr.org]
Parents, teachers and cheesy after-school specials have long tried to convince kids that being cool and popular isnt all that its cracked up to be. Now scientists are chiming in as well.
Dating, flouting authority and surrounding yourself with good-looking friends may make you popular when youre 13, according to a study published online Wednesday. But dont believe the media hype, psychologists say. Kids who try to act cool in early adolescence are more likely to have problems with drugs and alcohol, and have trouble managing friendships as they grow older. And their popularity tends to fade by the time theyre 22.
James Dean was way too cool for school in Rebel Without a Cause.
“We call it the high school reunion effect,” says Joseph Allen, a psychologist at the University of Virginia and the studys lead author. “The student who was popular and was running with the fast crowd isnt doing as great later on.”The researchers followed over 180 13-year-olds for a decade