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What Makes Kids Popular

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A social study of students in grades 4-6 asked subjects to rank four factors in order of importance for achieving popularity. The four factors were: earning good grades, being good at sports, being handsome or pretty (having good looks), and having lots of money.

The students ranked the four criteria for popularity in order of importance, with a rank of 1 indicating the most important factor and a rank of 4 indicating the least important factor. A total of 227 boys and 251 girls participated in the study.

Below is a summary by gender of the ranks for the factor of good grades. As an example, 39 boys ranked earning good grades as the most important factor for being popular among their friends.

Grades Ranking 1 2 3 4
Boys 39 61 67 60
Girls 55 62 66 68

Below is a summary by gender of the ranks for the factor of being athletic and good at sports.

Sports Ranking 1 2 3 4
Boys 127 60 31 9
Girls 38 94 81 38

Below is a summary by gender of the ranks for the factor of being good-looking.

Looks Ranking 1 2 3 4
Boys 44 74 59 50
Girls 141 52 42 16

Below is a summary by gender of the ranks for the factor of having lots of money.

Money Ranking 1 2 3 4
Boys 17 32 70 108
Girls 17 43 62 129

Decide whether the following statements are true or false about this scenario.

True

False

True

False

More than half ofall students responded that money is least likely to make them popular.

True

False

Males make up more than 60% of students who responded that good looks are neither the most nor the least important criteria for popularity.

True

False

The percentage of girls that responded that good looks are most likely to make them popular is higher than the percentage of boys that responded that being good at sports is most likely to make them popular.