According to a new study, being the ‘cool kid’ at school may be great at the time, but later in life things might not be so rosy.
The study titled, Whatever Happened to the Cool Kids?, was published in the journal Child Development by researchers from the University of Virginia, and studied the lives of more than 180 teenagers in America over a decade.
Surprisingly it seems the results might not be to the liking of those who ruled the roost at their schools. In fact it shows that teenagers who were popular during their younger years had a higher risk of experiencing problems as adults, including alcohol and drug abuse, and becoming involved in crime.
So it turns out that those ‘cool teens’ popularised by characters like James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls probably had the best of it far too early in life.
Professor Joseph Allen, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, said:
It appears that while so-called cool teens’ behaviour might have been linked to early popularity, over time, these teens needed more and more extreme behaviours to try to appear cool, at least to a sub-group of other teens. These previously cool teens appeared less competent – socially and otherwise – than their less cool peers by the time they reaches young adulthood.
So there you go guys, that kid that you used to wish you were in school is probably a washed up has-been with no friends and no prospects. Those years of being ignored seem worth it knowing that…