Well Said: Popularity

College of Arts & Sciences

Mitch PrinsteinIn this week’s Well Said podcast, Mitch Prinstein discusses his research on popularity, explains the different forms of popularity and why it doesn’t always pay to be the most popular.
John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Mitch Prinstein always found himself interested how popularity influences the way we see the world and have relationships with those around us.
Prinstein’s book, “Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World that Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships” dives deeper into his research and was selected as the 2018 Summer Reading Program book for incoming first-year and transfer students. He will hold a lecture on his research on Aug. 21 at Memorial Hall at 6 p.m.
Listen to the podcast.

Well Said: Popularity Transcript
Mitch Prinstein: And they say that if you feel down and awkward and depressed and lonely, as many adolescents may at one time or another, the answer to your adolescent woes is to follow the instructions to get as many Instagram followers as possible. This is scary. This is concerning.
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Host: You’re listening to Well Said, the official storytelling podcast at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today, we’re talking with Mitch Prinstein, who is the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. He’s going to give us some insight about the thing that has tormented many of us since middle school: being popular.
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Host: When I say the word popular, what comes to mind? That table at lunch? The group of classmates who were just so cool that you wanted to be a part of it? The effects of popularity go well beyond our adolescent days, and this is exactly what Mitch has been researching beginning as early as his own middle school years.
Prinstein: Even on the playground, I …

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