Study: High-School Popularity Doesn’t Guarantee Happiness

Good news, nerds: Popularity in high school isn’t predictive of long-term happiness, at least according to a study published in Child DevelopmentABC News reports the study followed 169 high-school students for a decade starting when they were 15 years old. Researchers found high schoolers with a few good, close friends were ultimately happier at 25 than those that were widely popular. “Youth with higher levels of attachment to their best friends appear to have better psychological health, psychosocial adjustment, and even a more adaptive stress response during adolescence,” according to the study’s authors. Or, as Huffington Post puts it: Teens will be better off if they have “a few tight BFFs.”

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