I'm in middle school. It's worse then elementary school where nothing really matters and you get to color and that's the end of it. It's worse than high school where you have more freedom, though it does have more stress, don't get me wrong. Middle schools sucks because half the kids think they're freaking adults, all the kids are worried about looks and how popular they are and whether they get the guy. That s***. (pardon my french)
In middle school there is also a very distinct line between populars and not populars, as I'm sure you're figuring out. If more than 80% of the kids in your school are popular, there really aren't any popular kids. And defining "popular kids" is rather difficult. They're only popular because the 16 of you make them out to be that way.
At my school, I don't know. I would probably be considered a popular kid. I dance, I sing, I act, I play several sports well. Non-talented kids who just have looks can be equally as popular. The most popular people are often the guys who are attractive asses and the girls who date these guys. These girls are usually not well liked, so why are they popular, you may ask? I don't know. No one really know. They're the girls you gossip about all the time. The ones you hate. Maybe you're jealous of them, but to make yourself feel better, you tell yourself they're awful. Maybe they really are awful, but if they're athletic, or talented, or blond they've got a good shot at being popular.
Another question for you to think about. Does popular mean well known? Well liked? Extremely disliked? Dumb? Too smart? Are the people who stand out the popular ones, or the people who fit in? Also ask yourself, why would you want to fit in? People don't talk about you. You become a nameless face. Those people you hear about and go "who?" typically fit in. That's not who you want to be, is it? When you get older, all those years fitting in will come back to haunt you. Who gets the scholarships? That girl who can dance and has been her whole life, or that girl that sits around watching pll to have something to discuss at school? That boy who can play the guitar and sing or the boy who tried to force himself to be good at football because football players got the chicks? Who can be sure all of their friends like them? That popular kid with 50 bajillion "friends" or the kid with 5 best friends, the ones who've gone through everything together.
Let's use a metaphor for why you shouldn't want to be popular. You're playing . . . Soccer. There is a large group of people on the field, and you are in it. The ball is kicked out of the group to one of the only open people playing. They are able to score. That should have been you. It was such an easy shot! But you weren't looking ahead, into the rest of the game. You felt the need to just dive into the group. After all, of all of the people were there, you should be, too, correct? No, no, no.
And to address the picture thing: they post pictures like that because they want a jealous reaction out of you. Trust me. It makes them look so cool, and you wish you were them, right? You know how much fun they really had? I bet you there at fights and drama and distractions everywhere they go. Secrets and hate and dislike.
Are you going into 8th grade, too? We're both 13, so we should be dealing with the same kinds of people.
That's just my 2 cents. No hate.