High School Popularity Might Backfire Later in Life

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According to this study, close friendships during high school are associated with better mental health in young adulthood. These types of friendships have a much better impact on mental health later in life than broader social popularity.

Research findings suggest that “forming strong close friendships is likely one of the most critical pieces of the teenage social experience. Being well-liked by a large group of people cannot take the place of forging deep, supportive friendships.”

See also: New research shows one kind of teenage friendship is more likely to result in a happier, healthier adulthood

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