Popularity Won’t Take You Far, Unless You Want to Peak at Age 18

The popular kids in High School- they climb the social ladder, making them untouchable, “cool”, and the envy and/or enemy of everyone around them.

Regina George is flawless. I hear her hair is insured for $10,000. I hear she does car commercials…in Japan. Her favorite movie is Varsity Blues. One time, she met John Stamos on a plane…and he told her she was pretty.

But popularity won’t get you far, because really, you don’t want to end up *SPOILER ALERT* getting hit by a bus.

Okay, so the popular kids aren’t actually going to all get hit by buses (although we can dream). But the reality is that these kids do have major issues later on because of their King/Queen status in High School. Here is a great article from the New York Times about what happens to the popular kids as they continue through their lives. They often, though not always, end up as miserable people-pleasers who can’t hold a job anywhere, with numerous substance abuse, theft, or vandalism problems.

This is something that is pretty hard to see while still being in high school. Usually, though, people who are successful at playing the game and navigating the social circles of high school generally have problems that follow them into their adult lives. So let’s think about the other 75% of life that is going to be better because the nerds and geeks aren’t really concerned about pleasing people and don’t need someone to feed their egos.

Essentially, rock on nerds. Don’t worry about not being popular. And the popular kids might do well to listen to Bill Gates: “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

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