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Whether you’re popular or not, research shows that what really matters is developing meaningful friendships in high school.

Key Points:

  • “Popularity” can be a weird thing in high school. Typically, the athletes, good-looking people, and outgoing overachievers are the “popular” kids in high school.
  • While popular kids seem to have it all, they don’t. Their friendships are often shallow. Later in life, many of them struggle with depression.
  • Popular or not, you should seek deep, authentic friendships with others that are based on mutual trust, care, and interest – not shallow social standing.

Quote This:

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. -Arnold H. Glasow

See Also: Friendship, Teens

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What’s your view on “popularity” in high school? Why do you feel this way?
  3. Are your friends shallow or deep? Are you a shallow or deep friend? What does this look like practically?
  4. Do you agree that not having solid friendships now can affect you in a negative way later? Explain.
  5. Do you think popularity ends when high school ends? Why or why not?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.