Looks like "Revenge of the Nerds" was as much a prophecy as it was a cult comedy, because it turns out the "cool kids" in school who tried so hard to climb the popularity ladder might not be so cool later in life.
The researchers found teens who engaged in, let's say, "Mean Girls" behaviors — like making a point to hang out with popular kids, rebelling and getting a quick start on their romantic lives — were more likely to lose popularity in their 20s, while being more prone to relationship problems, drugs and criminal behavior.
CNN points to a couple of the study's bigger numbers. Once the "cool" teens became adults, they were 40 percent more likely to use drugs and alcohol and had a 22 percent greater chance of having run-ins with the law.
Study author Professor Joseph Allen calls it the "high school reunion effect. ... The student who was popular and was running with the fast crowd isn't doing as great later on." (Via NPR)
So why do so many of these "cool kids" make a turn for the worse?
Allen speculates that as time went on these teens needed a bigger fix or "more and more extreme behaviors to try to appear cool." Kind of equating "coolness" to a drug in its own right. (Via CBS)
Iowa State University Director of the Center for the Study of Violence said the results are spot on and parents also shouldn't worry if their child is a loner at an early age because popularity then isn't really all it's cracked up to be. (Via HealthDay)
So, the next time you or your 13-year-old feels downtrodden for spending weekend nights buried in books, just remember ... it gets better.
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