“Being Fun” Is An Important Marker Of Social Status Among Children

When my 9-year-old has his best friend over to play, the house is filled with the sound of giggles. Yes, this friend plays fair, is outgoing and shares my son’s interests. But he’s also good fun.

Any parent knows that kids this age are obsessed with having fun (something that’s in short supply for many home-schoolers right now). And yet “being fun” has been overlooked as an indicator of a child’s social status, argue the authors of a new paper, published in the International Journal of Psychology. Their new studies are, they say, the first to establish it as a unique factor important for understanding social hierarchies among kids. Continue reading →

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