One study asked young people in the United States and the Netherlands to write essays about what is “cool” and “uncool” and to create visual collages that represent what it means to be cool. The researchers found that cool has multiple meanings to kids in these two cultures. Some of the common dimensions including having charisma, being in control, and being a bit aloof. Many of the respondents also agreed that being cool is a moving target. The harder you try to be cool, the more uncool you are! Replicate this study in your area. Recruit a group of teenagers to construct individual collages that represent what they feel is cool. Analyze their choices. What patterns do you see?

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