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Being a ‘Fun’ Kid Linked to Higher Social Status

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In a new study, researchers investigated whether being a “fun” kid can contribute to popularity or being well-liked among peers.

They found that the fun-status association can work both ways: Being fun can lead to higher social status, while higher status can lead to more opportunities to be fun. “We had good reasons to suspect that being fun would uniquely contribute to a child’s social status.

Obviously, fun is intrinsically rewarding. Fun peers are rewarding companions and rewarding companions enjoy higher social status than non-rewarding companions,” said Brett Laursen, Ph.D., lead author and a professor in the Department of Psychology in Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E.

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