Celebrities And Pop Culture Have Taken Over People 's Lives Essay

1090 Words May 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Celebrities and pop culture have taken over people’s lives. If someone walks into any store the one, and only thing that will always be there is a tabloid. But why do people love to know so many details about celebrity’s lives? Why are people so fascinated on being just like their favorite celebrity? People choose to worship celebrities because they want to live vicariously through them; people want to live a life that is comparable to their favorite celebrity.
Celebrity worship or idolization is where a person becomes overly obsessed with the nitty gritty details about a celebrity’s life. When celebrity worship goes too far, it’s called celebrity worship syndrome. CWS is an obsessive, addictive disorder where a person has to know everything about a certain celebrity, almost like a drug. Why are people so addicted to essentially living through a celebrity? Eric Hollander, MD, professor of psychiatry says, “There are an increasing number of us for whom the fascination with celebrities is a substitution for real life -- with the focus on a celebrity replacing the focus that should be on our own lives” (qtd. in Carr). The fact that in today’s world there are things, such as social media, that allow people to know more intimate details of a celebrity’s life doesn’t help the issue. One author says the reason people act become obsessed with celebrities is because people are programmed to “follow the leader” and in their eyes, the leader is the celebrity (Carr). Most people are…

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