Kids' Friends—Not Grades—Lead To Adult Well-Being

Anna North:

They found that social connectedness was highly correlated with adult well-being. Academic achievement, however, was not. The authors noted that they might have seen more of a connection if they’d included factors like job satisfaction in their measure of well-being, but they left these out on purpose. Their goal was to study not the traditional markers of success, but instead to look at peoples’ “positive emotional functioning, sense of coherence, social engagement and character values.” And as it turns out, kids’ social lives seem to have a greater effect on the development of those qualities than their test scores do.