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Cool Kids Don't Stay Cool Forever!

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The "cool kids" in school may not be so cool when they grow up: A new study suggests the once-popular teens are at greater risk for relationship and drug problems in adulthood. Researchers followed 184 teens from when they were 13 (in seventh and eighth grade) until they were 23, and asked participants a number of questions about their lives, including whom their close friends were, which peers they thought were popular, and whether they'd used drugs or had a romantic relationship.  At age 13, kids who acted "old for their age" — by making out with other girls/boys, engaging in deviant behavior like sneaking into a movie, and also hanging out with attractive people — were deemed to be more popular by their friends compared with other kids. But by age 22, these behaviors were linked with declines in popularity, and the former cool kids were perceived as being less competent at managing their relationships or getting along with friends. The cool kids were also at greater risk for criminal activity and substance use problems at age 21 to 23.  *This clenches it, I am going to my High School Reunion now...~Rowdy


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