Do high school cliques really exist?

Do high school cliques really exist?

A study finds high school students form more cliques, but counselors say social media blurs the lines. The study identified 12 cliques: populars, jocks, floaters, good-ats, fine arts, brains, normals, druggies and stoners, emo/goths, anime/manga, loners, and racial/ethnic groups. It found that students move between cliques, but that no single individual crosses all of them.

The researchers based their findings on surveys completed by more than 7,500 students in grades 9-12 at 41 schools in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. They published their results in the journal Social Psychology Quarterly.

So yes, high school students do form cliques. But what's troubling is that this study showed that students move between these cliques - meaning they can't stay in one forever. This is bad news for students who want to improve their standing within a clique - or even leave it - as there are others waiting to take their place.

Students need friends from different backgrounds and interests because they learn most from other people. Being part of a clique can help students make connections with peers who might not otherwise be available to them. But since students can switch back and forth between cliques, there's no real benefit to being in any one group over another.

There are several ways students can avoid forming cliques.

What are the main high school cliques?

Jocks, tomboys, cheerleaders, mean girls, foreigners, gamers, hipsters, hippies, troublemakers, peacemakers, class clowns, "cool kids", arty intellectuals, theater kids, gangsters, wangsters, "ghetto kids", stoners/slackers, girly girls, scenesters, and stage kids are some of the more common types of cliques found. Some schools may have additional cliques such as preppies or jocks who play sports other than football.

The most common form of social organization at school is based on popularity. Students will usually join a group with which they feel most comfortable, which in turn will determine their level of success. For example, if you are a shy student, you will probably want to avoid mixing with popular students because it would be difficult for you to make new friends. However, if you are an aggressive person who does not care about what others think, you could actually go out for soccer with the jocks.

There are several reasons why students join groups. Sometimes they do it because everyone else is doing it and they want to fit in. Others may be attracted to specific groups because they enjoy the activities they participate in. Still others may feel safer with certain people around them. Whether you join a group because you have to or because you want to, being part of a group can be very beneficial.

If you aren't part of any groups at school, that's okay! It's normal to feel uncomfortable when confronted with different ways people can divide themselves into groups.

Are there cliques in every school in the world?

While cliques may not exist in every school, they appear to exist in virtually all of them in mainstream culture. Some go so far as to categorize people into separate categories, but most aren't so clear. Generally speaking, if you talk with students about it, they'll say that there are at least four main groups: popular kids, nerds, geeks, and artists.

In most cases, these categories are self-defined and not based on anything real. They're just labels that people use to describe others. For example, nerds might call themselves that because they like science fiction or computers, while the others might do so because they enjoy socializing more than their peers do.

In any case, although people may define themselves by their interests, most discussions among classmates focus on what group each person belongs to. This is probably because people want to know where they stand with respect to the different categories, and it allows them to interact with those around them. For example, if a new student arrives at school and she doesn't seem to fit in anywhere, her friends and enemies could easily be determined by who else is present. If she has no friends, then they must be the ones who don't get along with other people and therefore wouldn't want her in their group.

Why do schools have cliques?

Because teenagers who emulate similar cultural standards are more likely to become friends, and these friends are more likely to support these parts of their attitudes, actions, and clothes, the sorts of cliques often encountered in schools can differ greatly. For example, there may be a sports clique, a music clique, a group of boys who eat lunch together every day.

The reasons for this behavior are many and varied. Some students may feel excluded because they don't fit in with the main currents of school life: sports teams, popular kids, underclassmen. Others may feel like outsiders because of their economic status or racial background. Still others may just prefer to sit with other people who share the same interests as themselves.

Whatever the reason, students will usually identify members of this sort of group, which may not be widely known by teachers. If someone isn't part of the clique, then they won't attend its meetings or events. And finally, some students may even try to start new groups on Facebook or Twitter, such as a "cool" team or club. These can also be sources of conflict if others don't want them to exist.

In conclusion, schools have cliques because teenagers who behave according to certain standards are more likely to be liked by others.

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Nicholas Clayton

Nicholas Clayton is a lifestyle writer who loves to share his thoughts on sexuality, dating, and relationships. He's lived in various parts of the world and has gained a lot of worldly experience from his travels.

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