Cool Kids, By Joseph P. Allen

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Did you ever strive to be one of the cool kids? You know, the kids with the best hair, smile, clothes, makeup, most friends, and have been in the most relationships with people. Those kids that got into minor trouble for messing around and having a good time. Well, if you never were one like me that’s okay. Through my own experience being all the rage is not what it is cracked up to be. You probably received more good than harm by not being put in the “cool kids’’ crowd. Studies shown by Allen, Schad, Oudekerk, and Chango give us the insider of cool kids behavior and how at a young age your life can spiral down quickly. From the age of middle school to young adolescences we will see the rise and fall of cool kids. How did it all go wrong for them? Joseph P. Allen, a psychology professor introduces us to the topic of cool kids with his research in child development. What intrigued Allen to study this specific topic is the plummet seen in social status amongst high school teens. High school is where we see those cool kids start struggling in many ways. Where as in middle school classmates viewed those cool kids with much jealousy and admiration. Many wished to be those cool kids because really all they wanted to do was fit in. Those key three or four years in transition from middle school to high school the cool kids start becoming the opposite of cool. Allen described this kind of behavior as pseudomature behavior. (Hoffman et al., 2014) Pseudomature behavior starts from middle school age to young adolescents. These ages vary from thirteen to twenty-three years old. Mainly having to do with cool kids previous minor mis behavior when young effect romantic involvement or any relationships as they get older. Always trying to im... ... middle of paper ... ...t me and were fake. Not because I choose the wrong group to hangout without but rather because I had found who they really were. At the end of the day my parents instilled me to be a person of moral and good character. To not conform into the worlds thinking but form an opinion for yourself. Do what is good and right. Even now,in college it has been difficult for me to find a friend. Many of the people are just very different from the way I was raised but who I want to be hanging around. I want to be friends with people of good morals that push me to be a better person. If right now I might be a little lonely not having a friend group that I had in high school. I will patiently wait until I find those people. Having my faith gives me the confidence to not lower the standards I have set for myself. Not joining with the cool kids but rather just being Katelyn Jones.

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