Offers Advice on Success to “Cool Kids”

Share Article men’s lifestyle and finance magazine comments on a June 12, 2014 CNN article, “Cool kids study offers 'revenge' for nerds,” examining the overall life successes of high-school “nerds” versus the “cool kids.” offers tips for teens and their parents who may fall into the latter category on how to bump up their chances for success later in life. men’s lifestyle and finance magazine today weighed in on the debate over whether former middle and high-school “nerds” enjoy more success in relationships, careers and other aspects of adult life than their formerly “cool” peers.

Kelly Wallace of CNN published an article yesterday (6/12/14), “Cool kids study offers 'revenge' for nerds,” detailing a recent study that compared the life successes of former middle and high-school “nerds” to those of the “cool kids.” Wallace quotes a 10-year study performed by the University of Virginia, which found that adults who formerly belonged to the “cool kids” group were more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs and have legal troubles as young adults than the former “nerds.” Wallace writes that “coolness” was determined based on student surveys that questioned everything from how many people they made out with, to how much property they’d damaged, to their drug and alcohol use as teenagers.’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “If I received a Wufoo hosted survey about my coolness factor in high-school, I would think I’d fall right in the middle of nerdy and cool. I was the type of person that could float from group to group, hanging with the ‘in’ crowd one day then the next be found studying for chem lab with the quiet honors students. As an adult I enjoy adventure, travel, and success in both my career and marriage. So with that in mind, I don’t think that cool kids are necessarily doomed, but I do believe that hard work and motivation is what makes magic happen in life and that effort-wise, you get out what you put in.” offers advice to students and their parents for setting themselves up for success later in life. advises setting goals and completing them as a way to lay the groundwork for doing the same thing as a young adult, after high school. believes that completing a goal can nurture the confidence to do it again. The men’s lifestyle magazine also advises getting involved and being active in the school community as a good way to set up for success later, as it can lend purpose to a time in a student’s life when they might not be the most passionate about the content being taught in classrooms. Examples gave were to work on the prom committee, setting up popular school events and coordinating attendance through the use of modern media surveys, or contributing to a worthy cause like a high school chapter of Amnesty International.

In the above-mentioned CNN article, Wallace states that the data gathered in the study came in the form of surveys of hundreds of high school students as well as personal questioning of the adults’ friends, employers, and romantic partners. sums it up by recommending that students spend less time on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts taking surveys, stalking friends, and working on their popularity, to spend more time establishing themselves as successful individuals.

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