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The Coolness Factor

Studies show that being cool at 13 doesn’t transfer into success at 23.


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Published: June 29, 2014


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Visitor Comments: 3

(3) Anonymous, July 2, 2014 4:07 AM

studies say what you want them to

Your presentation assumes that "cool" is defined as successful and therefore sounds ironic: those who are successful in one realm does not translate.

However, it is not necessarily tied to the issue of being "cool".

However, it may have nothing to do with cool per se, but rather an expression of what happens when you have distorted values.

For example: this study may have more to do with schools where the "cool kids" are those motivated only to have a good time, take advantage of others to get ahead, cheat, bully, on drugs, etc. While there are few adverse effects, and these values or at the top of the adolescent ant hill, these people do not ultimately do well and will alienate themselves. In any event, a high school athlete may do well with members of the opposite sex; unemployed former high school athletes...do not.

If you go to a setting where the "cool kids" are those who get better grades, head of debate club, have young entrepreneur clubs, maybe mock trial or market, or the like I will bet that those kids ultimately are generally more productive in life and less likely to end up depressed and in jail.

And, if this is merely a statement of what is "cool" to teenagers, then it is a much deeper social problem than teenagers wanting to be cool and should be addressed to the parents...

(2) SusanE, June 30, 2014 5:24 AM

Actually doesn't help

Ask the 23 year olds if those memories of years in junior high and high school where they weren't part of the in crowd..... are now erased because they are perceived as being sucessful or at least not in jail. Even if the guy at 50 is an accomplished professional.......... at class reunions he is still the uncool one no matter how confident he might be in life. It's what I've noticed and this is only my opinion.

(1) ross, June 29, 2014 3:52 PM

But it hurts not to be "IN"

The kids have to face this everyday. Being excluded, feeling like a failed 13 year old. They're not thinking about how to be successful 23 year olds--they're just children. Somewhere, somehow, they need to be included NOW. I think in Israel there is more of a sense on oneness within a school or class, so in general, all kids are "IN".

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