In school, the smart kids are shunted aside and teased. In real life, most of those kids are successful, and the a lot of the popular kids aren't. In all honesty, the "smart" popular kids are actually really nice, but aren't the majority of the popular group. There are some stupid nerds, but the mast majority are smart. So being logical, the majority of the smart people are not popular until they're in college, and it does hurt your popularity chances if you are smart.
I believe this is true, even though many smart people are popular. Most smart people are nerds, and that's actually good, because nerds will actually succeed in life. Smart people are usually outcasts during the first twelve years of school, but in college they are treated much better. Most popular kids live up to their stereotypes of being mean, cruel, and stupid, and don't like when they are bested, especially by the Lord of the Rings loving nerds.
Firstly, the problem with people is that they associate being smart with being a nerd. However being a nerd is different from being smart. Definition of nerd from Oxford Dictionary: A foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious. Smart: Having or showing a quick-witted intelligence. All these means that to be nerdy, which means being both smart and unpopular, you have to not only be smart, but also lack social skills. However, if you are smart but can communicate with people well, you are not nerdy, and thus it does not lessen your chances of being popular.
Being smart does not lessen your chance at being popular. The only thing that I know that decreases your chances of being popular, is being poor. People do not like to associate with poor people in the same way as they do with rich people. If you are poor and smart, you can at least contribute something to a rich person. If you are poor and stupid nobody will like you.
Being smart used to be thought of as unpopular until Internet users needed help with their computers . Then all of a sudden being a nerd or a geek became very popular. Even the successful big box stores such as Best Buy employed smart workers which was popular and needed.