Popularity Forum

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Fri, 15 Sep 2000 03:26:27 EDT

Dear Van, thanks for posting this (see below) at my website, HOW TO BE POPULAR IN HIGH SCHOOL (no longer operating)
I've looked at your site and I think it's pretty darn interesting.
I suggest that we trade links. Put a link to my site somewhere on your site and I'll reciprocate on my links page.
If there's any other way you can think of that we could help each other, please let me know. I'm all ears and willing.


Dear Jeff,

Your idea of reciprocal links is a good one. I have not been able to find much on "popularity" on the Internet, yet it is a topic of great interest to teenagers and many others.

In fact, there seems to be little research data on this subject - anywhere. The lack of hard data doesn't seem to have slowed the output of advice columns, books, etc. on the subject, starting with the classic "How to Win Friends and Influence People." My data indicates that Dale Carnegie was only half right (see http://SQ.4mg.com/j_post_test.htm)

Hopefully by printing your comments plus this response in my website (and perhaps in yours) we can encourage an Internet-wide dialogue on popularity. Others who know of, or plan to do some research on the subject should especially be encouraged to contribute their findings for the benefit of all.

I regularly print communications of general interest on SQ (plus my response) in http://SQ.4mg.com/usingSQ.htm 



Van Sloan's message on Jeff's website: (no longer operating)

<<From Danielle in CA: "I don't think I have good social skills. I spend a great part of every day worrying about how to make others like me and how to act "cool" Response from expert: The popularity test you took in website http://SQ.4mg.com is based on actual traits of high school students who are well regarded socially by their peers. For 25 high school classes in Vallejo CA, "cool" traits like "Tend to go along with the crowd" or "Physical attractiveness" were actually NEGATIVE factors in social acceptance. Good social skills seem to be mainly linked with an upbeat attitude, your happiness, smiling, and courtesy. Fortunately, these are traits we all can improve - and they're much more important than acting "cool," in the opinion of a majority of students and employers. They may even be of top importance to the "in" crowd.

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