Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,

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A while back, an overwrought essay got too much attention in the weblog community: Why Nerds Are Unpopular...

I want you to consider a perhaps related question, this 'obvious' question that struck me today as if for the first time: Why do athletics and popularity go together?

Explanations could involve kids building confidence or social skills through sports...or sheer physical attractiveness leading into both...or some kind of early extroversion developing into lots of practice time on the playground (or vice versa...)...or everyone just 'liking' athletes for being athletes for some reason...or, what am I missing??

Also, how broad is the phenomenon to be explained? I don't even know! American high schools clearly exhibit a strong correlation. What about later in life? Are athletes much overrepresented in management & sales? I think so. How much earlier in life? (By first grade?) What about in other industrialized nations? What about primitive cultures? (Or is everyone an athlete in the Australian bush if there's nothing else to do?)

My guess is that many of you think the answer (the strongest factor, whatever it is) is obvious. My guess is also that w'all (y'all plus me) will disagree about what that obvious factor is!!

Please. Speculate!

I'm head of the class
I'm popular
I'm a quarterback
I'm popular
My mom says I'm a catch
I'm popular
I'm never last picked
I got a cheerleader chick

Being attractive is the most important thing there is
If you wanna catch the biggest fish in your pond
You have to be as attractive as possible
Make sure to keep your hair spotless and clean
Wash it at least every two weeks!
Once every two weeks!!
And if you see Jonny Football Hero in the hall
Tell him he played a great game
Tell him you like his article in the newspaper

I'm the party star
I'm popular
I've got my own car
I'm popular
I'll never get caught
I'm popular
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