Were you in the cool group growing up or maybe part of the less popular crowd? Well, pay attention parents and students, a new study has a closer look at those all-important social roles we take on while growing up and how they might impact our future.
Being cool when you're growing up doesn't mean you'll grow up to succeed. In fact, this study says being cool when you're young actually makes success less likely.
This study was done by the University of Virginia and looked at so-called popular kids and the not-so-popular kids in school.
Researchers collected data on 184 children over a decade from middle school to the age 23, through interviews with the kids, parents, and their friends, and observation of their social interactions.
The data showed that the cool kids fared much worse into adulthood than the not-so-popular kids.
They were 40 percent more likely to be using drugs and alcohol later on in life; 22 percent more likely to be in trouble with the law; and had 24 percent lower social competency ratings.
Experts say teens whose focus is on being cool while growing up are likely missing out on doing the things that help make them mature.
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