Banal is the new black for teens

19th August 2011 at 01:00

Teenagers in England now believe that the best way to achieve social success is to aim for "middle-of-the-road banality", according to new Cambridge research. Any kind of high achievement should be played down, the research found, and pupils must suppress their personalities in order to pretend to be something they are not.

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