The "Cool" group study

, Posted: Fri, June 13 2014 at 4:06 PM, Updated: Fri, June 13 2014 at 4:25 PM


Were you in the cool group growing up or part of the less popular crowd?

A new study says being cool when you're growing up doesn't mean you'll grow up to succeed.

The study was done by the University of Virginia and looked at so-called popular kids and the not-so-popular kids in school.

Researchers collected data on 184 children over a decade from middle school to the age 23.

Later in life the cool kids were more likely to be using drugs and alcohol, be in trouble with the law and had lower social competency ratings.

Experts say the focus of being cool could come at the expense of skills that would've helped them mature.

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