Celebrity obsessions

Jenny Glasscock, Features Editor

The general public has always loved hearing about scandals that celebrities are supposedly involved in. Go into any grocery store and you will find tabloids with flashy titles declaring something negative about a celebrity. These stories are usually not true, but the tabloids sell because of the obsession we have with celebrities’ lives.

We have a morbid curiosity about the lives of our favorite actors and songwriters off screen. This obsession comes from the subconscious need to reassure ourselves that even though we’re not rich and famous like celebrities, our lives are still better off than someone who seemingly had everything but then lost it all.

But this fascination with celebrities goes a lot deeper than reading just the negative stories in a magazine. Fans turn to the internet to constantly stay updated with everything that celebrity is doing, following that celebrity on Twitter and other fan accounts to get the latest information.

Just look at the fans of extremely famous people such as Justin Bieber, One Direction, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. Fans know every detail about their lives, where they are,what they’re doing, who they’re dating, every rumor, and they even know the same day the celeb gets a haircut.

We are so absorbed in the lives of the famous because we believe they are living a much more exciting life than ours, when in reality they want the same things as everyone else: somebody that cares for them, a house, food, a good job, etc. We start to think they’re something they’re not, that they are a god, because we hear about them so often.

The next time you start to get caught up in the life of someone famous, remember that they’re only human.