Trying to act older than one’s age may not yield the expected benefits (the cool kids study)

From experience to meaning...

Good news for the average kids, this new  study, by researchers at the University of Virginia, which appears in the journal Child Development: teens who tried to act cool in early adolescence were more likely than their peers who didn’t act cool to experience a range of problems in early adulthood, according to a new decade-long study.

Btw, it’s not about being cool that is linked to problems, but trying to act older than one’s age (Big difference and actually something we already knew).

From the press release:

While cool teens are often idolized in popular media—in depictions ranging from James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause to Tina Fey’s Mean Girls—seeking popularity and attention by trying to act older than one’s age may not yield the expected benefits, according to the study.

Researchers followed 184 teens from age 13, when they were in seventh and eighth grades, to age 23…

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