Being popular implies that you are well-known at school, not that you must abandon your closest buddy. You may befriend prominent youngsters while remaining close to your best buddy. If the popular kids are cruel to your best buddy, they are not your true pals, and you should avoid them. Thanks!
Being popular in school means that many people like you and want to be your friend. You will be invited to parties, have fans write songs about you, and even become the subject of a movie. Whether you like it or not, being popular is part of every young person's life.
The need to be liked by others is one of humanity's oldest instincts. It has roots in our need for survival—we need food and shelter, and these can only be provided by others who have friendships with those in power. So naturally, we too want to be important to others, we want to be loved.
This instinct remains very strong during childhood and adolescence, when we are still developing as individuals. Many children wish they could be important to their parents, friends, and classmates. They want everyone to like them so they do everything they can to make sure they get this respect.
But as we grow up, this need for approval from others becomes more difficult to satisfy. Because now that we're adults, we can decide what role we want to play in society.
Having a large number of friends is the true definition of popularity in middle school. The most popular students in school were those who were the nicest, chatted to everyone, and never participated in drama. In any case, not the type of popularity they're talking about.
Middle school is all about fitting in, being normal, and trying to find your place in the world. It's also a time when people start to define themselves based on what group they belong to (i.e., fans vs. non-fans of actor X, students at school Y). As we move into high school, this definition of self will become even more important as people begin to seek out their own group of friends instead of just blending in with the crowd.
In middle school, your reputation is everything. If you are known as someone who is nice to have around but not someone you want to associate with, then that is how other people will view you. Whether you are actually doing anything wrong or not, if others think you do, you will always get the blame for anything that goes wrong. This can cause some serious problems if you are seen as too safe or innocent to punish.
The most effective way of gaining and maintaining popularity in middle school is by being liked by as many people as possible.
Popularity, like most things in life, is more difficult than it appears. Some people are popular because their peers like them, trust them, and want to be around them. Others are popular because they have achieved a certain level of power and utilize it to exert influence on others (i.e., high school). Still others are just lucky.
If you think that being popular is all about having many friends, then you are very wrong. The number of friends you have has little to do with how popular you are. In fact, some people are extremely popular yet have only a few friends. On the other hand, some people have few friends but are not considered particularly important to know.
The truth is that being popular is not about what type of friend you are or what your social status is. Being popular is simply about whether or not other people like you. If they do, then you are popular. If not, then you can still have a full and happy life even if no one else wants to be around you.
It's also important to remember that popularity is subjective. What may seem like evidence of his or her popularity to one person could be seen as evidence of another person's unpopularity. This is why it is impossible to say with certainty who is popular and who is not. Only those people who are concerned about being popular can answer this question. The rest of us will never know.