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Being 'Cool' May Not Be All It's Cracked Up to Be

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Parents of "cool" kids may not have it easier, as a new study shows that students in middle school who are considered "cool" may be more likely to engage in criminal behavior, drug use or alcohol abuse later in life.

Researchers at the University of Virginia studied data from 184 13-year-olds over a span of 10 years of their lives. Those teens who were deemed "cool" became romantically involved at an early age, engaged in delinquent or criminal behavior and placed higher value on socializing with physically attractive friends.

Those same tendencies, however, later correlated to increased risk of criminal activity and drug and alcohol use. Furthermore, by the time the students reached adulthood, the "cool" kids were more likely to be seen as "less competent" by their peers, researchers said.

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