Found yet another brilliant article by Paul Graham. While the title "WhyNerds are Unpopular" is quite narrow, the essay certianly aint. It's one of themost lucid and informative explanation for the problems found with teenage kidsin industrial societies.
In the essay he makes a brilliant link between schools, prisons and socialites:
I think the important thing about the real world is not that it's populated by adults, but that it's very large, and the things you do have real effects. That's what school, prison, and ladies-who-lunch all lack. The inhabitants of all those worlds are trapped in little bubbles where nothing they do can have more than a local effect. Naturally these societies degenerate into savagery. They have no function for their form to follow.
This is essential reading if you want an insight into a serious social problem we are all facing.