Popular Kids More Likely To Grow Into Troubled Adults

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Kids who are popular in their early teens are quite likely to encounter troubles as they move into adulthood, says a recent study.

"Who do you think ends up doing better later in life - the kids who tried really hard to be cool in middle school or not so cool kids?" [Via CNN]

Kids who are popular in their early teens are quite likely to encounter troubles as they move into adulthood, says a recent study.

Researchers learned this by identifying certain behaviors and tracking 10 crucial years of the lives of those who exhibited them.

According to the authors, much of the subjects’ eventual unhappiness stemmed from their desire to appear much older than they were when younger.

They engaged in age-inappropriate activities like drinking, having serious romantic relationships, and even shoplifting.

While their tactics were initially successful in making them appear to be ‘cool’ by the time they were in their early 20s many were starting to get into some serious trouble.

Those studied were around 45 percent more likely to have substance abuse issues. It wasn’t uncommon for them to be involved in drunk driving incidents and physical fights.

Much of the problem, said one of the authors, is that while the young people were preoccupied with acting older, they often skipped some actual steps to maturity along the way.

Sadly, many also never realized their value outside of that defined by their status.