by Brian Stephenson
posted Aug 3 2015 9:56AM
Breaking news: Nerdy teenagers get better grades.
An economics professor at the University of Southern California analyzed more than 20,000 students to see if there was a correlation between their grades and their social lives.
And he found one very clear result: Kids who aren't popular with the opposite sex have GPAs that are an average of 0.4 points higher.
That's pretty significant. Like, a 3.3 GPA looks okay on a college application, while a 2.9 could be a deal breaker.
The theory is that kids who are popular with the opposite sex are less likely to pay attention in class or study at night . . . because they're so focused on trying to date.
And here's some MORE bad news for popular kids. Another new study from the University of Virginia found the "cool kids" in a school are more likely to wind up having alcohol, drug, and legal problems as adults.