Students’ behaviour mirrors that of the wealthy

While it’s often assumed that students who behave badly at school come from deprived backgrounds, a study of over 3,000 teenagers by the Sutton Trust, a charity dedicated to improving social mobility through education, revealed that the behaviour of teenage students mirrors that of the wealthy. The study, which was conducted by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, showed that students whose parents earn higher salaries and have higher educational qualifications often have poorer behaviour, more misconducts and lower results.

The behaviour of students is a mirror image of the wealthy, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of London mapped 17 different patterns of behaviour including the use of social media, academic achievement and disciplinary issues and discovered they were similar in both groups. For instance, both wealthy students and the ultra-rich use social media in a similar way.

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The behavior of students is identical to that of rich people. Students live frugally (share apartment, forgo brand name items, etc.), are focused on one thing (graduation), and try to save money at every opportunity (take advantage of student discounts).

Gee, you’d say rich people don’t act like that. The rich live in big houses and drive expensive cars, like the top footballers. That’s right, I would answer. That’s how the rich behave. This is why 3 out of 5 professional footballers earning over £30,000 a week go bankrupt when they stop playing football. That’s because they’re just rich, not wealthy.

Being rich can be defined as making a lot of money. Footballers would be a good example, but this also characterizes most of the middle class. They make a lot of money, but they also spend a lot of money, sometimes much more than they earn.

To get rich, you have to earn less and save more. Rich people don’t worry about money. Whether they work or not, the money comes in. Because to get rich they lived frugally, obsessed with their goal and never spent £40 on a T-shirt when they could buy it for £5. They invested the money they saved by living like this. Over time, these investments grow and will generate as much revenue in two months as they would in one year in 10 years.

All because they were acting like students.

Why aren’t more students getting rich? It’s very simple. It’s because they change their behavior.

Students behave the way they do because they are forced to. They don’t have much money, which limits their purchasing power. They have no choice but to behave that way. Once they graduate, get their first job and receive their first paycheck, they have a choice: continue to behave and invest 50% of their newly acquired wealth, or behave like normal people and enjoy life to the fullest. Guess which behavior most people choose? That’s right, they choose the normal one. As a sign of freedom and maturity, they bought their own apartment and paid rent, council tax, gas, water and insurance. They trade in their thrift store clothes for top brands and rent a brand new car. This extra cost limits their social activities, but that’s okay, they can pay for their nightly outings with their new credit card.

The evidence of this behavior is everywhere. endemic consumerism and massive personal debt. All in an effort to appear rich instead of becoming richer. Looking rich is much easier than becoming rich. To seek wealth is to take the path of least resistance

But you should know that this is just a choice. The choice is yours. How can I be sure? Because I did. I decided to spend all my money (and then some) and ended up ruining myself. Behavior has consequences. I changed my behavior to that of a student and became financially independent in 3 years. In 7 years, my net worth will be over a million pounds. Behavior has consequences.

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This source has been very much helpful in doing our research. Read more about mirror theory psychology and let us know what you think.


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