- Publish Date
- Monday, 28 August 2017, 8:42AM
When you're in high school, it can feel like nothing else matters but popularity. As you may know now, high school is but a speck in the universe that is your life. In fact, studies show that high school popularity may indicate an unhappiness later in life.
The study looked at correlations between adolescent friendships and long-term mental health and found that those who rated their social acceptance and self-worth as high, ended up being less satisfied with their happiness levels in the long term.
This is due to these students putting emphasis on short term rewards and peer admiration, which does not apply to those who have invested the time into a few close friends of high quality.
Now before you go on your Facebook comment rant about how YOU were popular in high school and you couldn't be happier, first of all congratulations, but second of all, this study highlights the fact that popularity isn't always the most important thing in in life. What matters is the quality relationships you make and that mental health is more important than peer admiration.