In Summary
  • Events that are not newsworthy when they happen to ordinary people make headlines when they happen to celebrities.
  • Celebrities are fun, good entertainment certainly, and valuable for that. But some of them are terrible role models.

Have you got teens in your house?

Chances are their lives revolve around Instagram “influencers” and celebrities. It’s amazing how young people seem to feel a compulsion to watch glamourous people and their lifestyles.

Though that’s not new. In simpler societies, people admired and copied the best hunters. Nowadays we watch celebrities.

Actors, musicians, athletes, internet vloggers, and so on. Surveys suggest that up to a third of men and women are hooked, so it’s not just teenage girls.

Some people even have an intense interest in politicians and their wives! It’s only older people who seem to be immune.

At it’s simplest, it’s just about keeping tabs on a celebrity and talking about them with friends.

And some stars do provide positive role models. Athletes who inspire participation in sport, for example.


And who among us has never tried to run, jump, sing, or dance? So what’s wrong with admiring the skills of people who do these things better than us?

The problem is that for some, admiration goes well beyond what's reasonable.

Perhaps spending endless hours on the internet reading about what they like to eat, where they get their hair done, or where they live.

And for a few people such interest definitely leads to problems.

Young women who idolise celebrities tend to have a poorer body image for example, and celebrity watchers tend to have poorer psychological well-being and to be more dependent and needy in relationships. Especially if their favourite celebrity’s a “love object”.

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