Popular students in middle or high school are not necessarily popular because they are nice people. As well, popular people aren’t necessarily heartless snobby bitches or assholes – different high schools have different standards of attraction, meaning that the qualities that are looked for in the social elite differ based on the school environment. At some schools and in some groups, truly nice people are liked, and in other schools and groups, popular people simply wish to climb the social ladder by whichever means possible; social behavior is a game of chess rather than an enjoyable experience.
To say that every school has a social elite is a fallacy as well. I have been to two high schools; one of them did not have a school-wide social elite. Instead socialization was immensely group-based, with the majority of socialization taking place in your group. There were people whose names were known by everyone, but for the most part, there was no major gap between popular and unpopular, and it could have been argued everyone was popular in some way, whether good or bad.
Two types of popularity occur in a high school setting. First, there is positive popularity, where people know and revere you. Secondly, there is negative popularity, where everyone knows your name, everyone talks about you, but nobody likes you.
While it all is a bit of a mystery, there usually are defining characteristics of all these chosen ones. It depends on the school, but more often than not the ''popular'' kids are either rich, good looking, involved heavily in school and especially in the athletics department, funny, snobby, uninterested in the ''non chosen ones'' (or mean to them), or a combination of any of the above. The popular girls are usually either on the cheerleading or dance team, or possibly excell in athletics such as track or basketball. Popular guys are most often jocks on the football and basketball teams. The average popular kid can be smart or dumb, a partier or not. In actuality the majority of them do party, but for some reason the girls are usually less open about it. This usually has to do with keeping their status squeaky clean. This isn't usually the case for the guys, as many of the popular guys boast about drinking 5 beers and playing 2 rounds of beer pong in some kids basement and having the craziest weekend ever. However, this isn't always the case as sometimes there is another, more hard core group of partiers at the high school that is also popular as well and known for getting fucked up often. The popular kids often don't work as their mommy and daddy often throw handfuls of cash at them so they can be seen looking fly at friday night's game. They often drive expensive cars their parents bought them, and fly through the neighborhoods blasting rap even though they live in suburbia.
They often like to go to and have parties where there is underage drinking.
They adhere to many social rules, rules of dressing well or trendy, grooming meticulously, speaking similarly,possessions, pop music and passtimes.
Often but not always they can be superficial, excluding others if they do not dress a certain way, the people they hang out with, their lack of athleticism, a social skill problem, shyness, poverty, taking interest in things that are considered uncool like being in academic clubs, being a goth, being too fat or too thin.
there are many stereotypes that go along with this catagory of people. it has been said that the girls have eating disorders and are so fake that they turn their backs on each other,are bitches and airheads. The men drink too much, fight too much, cause trouble and make fun of meeker peers, also airheads. It has been said that this group drinks too much and are superficial, slutty and petty, because of the lack of value in academia and overvalue of fleeting attributes, these people do not get far in life and peak in highschool. These things are not always true. keep in mind this is a stereotype.
I'm not defending the popular girls here. I wish they'd be a bit more inclusive. What I'm talking about is the silly unpopular girls who like to pretend they're misunderstood and that the popular girls are the Evil Clique in the aforementioned chick flicks. They pretend they're being bullied or pushed around, and hog sympathy. These are the ones who drive me mad.
Equally annoying are the "non-conformists" who join a subculture of millions to be individuals. But that's another story.
'person 2': 'i think that im going to amy's tonight, she's so fun to hang out with and not stuck up.'
'person 3': 'amy's so good at baseball, and she makes so many friends there'
'person 4': 'everyone's being a bitch today, lets go hang out with amy, she's never a bitch'
'person 5': 'haha, amy's shirt today is so rad, i love how she doesnt care what other people think of her.'
'person 6': 'lets all go to amy's tonight, i dont feel like going to jessica's party, shes always really mean.'
'person 7': 'amy's so kind to everyone, no wonder she's so popular'
Popular Female #2 - I'll meet up with you later after I go insult people based on their low social status.
Popular Male #1 - HEY, EVERYONE GIVE ME ATTENTION! I NEED LOTS, AND LOTS OF ATTENTION!