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‘Cool kids’ in school more likely to have life challenges later on, study says

Lockers and padlocks at a school.
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The “cool kids” at school are more likely to have a harder time later in life, CBS News reports.

“Those ‘cool’ kids who were at the top of the popularity food chain in middle and high school may not be so cool by time they hit adulthood — and are more likely to face challenges with relationship and drugs, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Virginia found that while teens who prioritized hanging out with attractive people, having romantic relationships, and participating in rebellious activity were seen as popular in high school, that sentiment disappeared by the time they reached their early 20s.”

[Read more on CBS News]

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  • Tom Jakovlic

    Being the top jock or cheerleader in school won't get you far in life. On the other hand, if you completely lack any social skills, community outreach, and focus solely on academic ventures, my guess is you may not end up in jail, as the photos subtly implies and exaggerates for the cool kids, but you may develop relationship problems and narcissistically selfish viewpoint with resulting depressions and poor coping skills when life challenges appear. Putting the focus on school and college and career ready skills is very important, but balance that with healthy and natural exploration of your social and community interests.

    2014-06-17 07:59:09 | Reply
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