Life at the top is not necessarily a breeze — even for teenagers, suggests a survey by a girl magazine which found that cool kids are actually disliked by a lot of people.
Magazine Girlfriend quizzed 1,500 readers aged between 13 and 18 surveyed to come up with the conclusion, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Most of the respondents said they were glad they were not in the popular group. “A massive 94 per cent of readers rank being well liked as more important than being popular,” Girlfriend’s editor Sarah Cornish said.
“Once upon a time, being popular was something positive — it meant being well liked. Now, it’s not about how many people like us, but the quality of the friendships we cultivate that’s important — and this is really a positive sign,” Cornish added.
According to Girlfriend, five key characteristics define the popular Mean Girls-style group, with physical attractiveness being most important. Intimidating others also matters, as does wealth, and regular drug/alcohol use, the magazine claimed.