"We find that students can be ranked from low to high such that most unreciprocated friendships consist of a lower-ranked individual claiming friendship with a higher-ranked one," posit the researchers. "Rankings are correlated with other characteristics of the participants that are traditionally associated with status, such as age and overall popularity as measured by total number of friends."
What they found will surprise you. Not.
In other words, the longer you survive the rank, incestuous, nepotistic Petri dish of high school, the more acolytes you will have to do your eternal bidding and/or give up the new white gold hoop earrings they got for Hannukah because hoop earrings are your thing.