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Should your kid be the popular student?

Being the popular kid in school may not be what it's cracked up to be.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: June 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm •  Published: June 13, 2014

If you’re a parent, you may want to stop your kids from being popular.

If you’re a teen, you may want to stop trying to be the cool kid in your school.

Why? Well, there are a few reasons.

For one, being popular in high school can actually tremendously impact you later in life. Business Insider reported Thursday that teens who try to act older than they are during high school usually find themselves with drug and alcohol problems in the future.

"It appears that while so-called cool teens' behavior might have been linked to early popularity, over time, these teens needed more and more extreme behaviors to try to appear cool," Joseph P. Allen, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, said in a statement. Allen was the lead author of the study that found this information.

But it’s not just about trying to act cool and being the popular student. Building relationships for simply superficial reasons can also impact you later in life, according to Business Insider

“Teens who become popular simply by hanging out with pretty people probably don't work as hard to develop meaningful relationships, according to the study,” Business Insider reported. “That behavior is carried into adulthood, to their detriment.”

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