“Having designer jeans and cutting-edge gadgets is no guarantee for popularity. In a peer group, it is much less a child’s social status that counts and much more his friendliness,” says the German magazine Psychologie Heute. Judith Schrenk and Christine Gürtler, psychologists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, surveyed 234 children in the third and fifth grades from ten different elementary schools. They found that the children who wanted to get along better with others and who were friendly and open were more influential. Children who hit others or who laughed at them had less influence on their peers. “Even being good looking or having lots of pocket money counts little with schoolmates,” says the report.