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If you are Smart…Hang with Smart Kids

February 15, 2013
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Parents and students alike should know this. It may not be surprising that kids who get good grades hang around with other kids who get good grades.

A study of  high school juniors in upstate New York confirmed what researchers have long believed.

The study looked at the social networks of 11th graders. It ranked all the students in the class by academic achievement. It asked each student to rate their classmates as “best friend,” “friend,” “acquaintance” or someone they did not know.

It then compared the academic scores of students to their rating of the people in the social network.

Over the course of a year the academic scores of students who networked with poorer scoring students went down. When students were “best friends” or “friends” with higher scoring students, their scores went up.

The results are similar to other studies showing that Internet behavior can create happiness and even obesity when it is spread through social networks.

All the more reason to pay attention to the way young people are using their social network.

The Los Angeles Times

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