Do the cool kids in high school still maintain their "coolness" outside of high school?
For those who were the uber popular kids. Did you maintain your coolness outside of high school or was that it for you guys. What do you think of the cool kids in high school?
I suspect that repeated experience of social success conditions some sort of winning attitude - whether or not that is of any help in the real world is unknown. I was popular and it was its own privileged hell. I'm in college and not considered popular at all. Though I can coalesce easily with them, I don't make an effort to engage the party and social crowd. This is partly due to mild drug and alcohol dependency achieved in high school which makes me feel older and beyond the superficiality of a college social diary (and probably makes me sound like a cunt).
One facet of high school popularity was the amount of social climbing available. A handsome and sociable kid at my (maybe upper) middle class high school had entry to the next strata. Some dated very rich girls, I befriended the rich set of partiers who were like B-List popular at their schools. I had to look no further than their parents to surmise that at this level people grew up and didn't change. However, even the stud of a working class high school is going to have to achieve something to stay winning afterwards as it's hard to do this working at the hardware store.
Without deconstructing the OP, I think that cool is different from popularity and unlike ephemeral status, cool can be forever. Look at Bowie, look at Obama. A lot of kids at my school were very cool and very UNpopular.
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
Please include as much information about the hardware (PC, Mac, Tablet, Phone etc), operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS etc) and browser (Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer etc) that you are using as possible to help us replicate and fix the problem.
Please note that complaints about colors, fonts, icons and the like are not "bugs" - they are design choices that we've made and we expect one or two cases of world-class bitching. But they won't actually cause headaches, scurvy, heart attacks, Restless Leg Syndrome, Morgellon's Disease or the vapors (but have your smelling salts at hand just in case).
Talking to DataLounge servers. Please wait a moment...