See If The Hollywood Stars Really Have You Spellbound
Celebrity culture is pervasive in America today; from grocery store checkout lines to the ten o’clock news to the conversation on the bus, famous people’s lives draw us in with their excitement and connect us through their stories of winning and woe. Celebrity culture can serve to reinforce social norms and values; when people are talking trash about Lindsay’s latest actions, they are sending a message about what behaviors are and aren’t unacceptable.
However some people’s interest in famous people veer into a state of obsession. Like a fantasy, reading and gossiping about celebrities’ lives provides an escape from our own, which are usually slightly less interesting by comparison. When celebs mess up their lives, it makes us feel good about our own struggles. Being the first to know about Britney Spears' new boyfriend may provide you with a sense of authority and social power, but wouldn’t you rather be the expert on your own life?
SIGNS YOU ARE ADDICTED TO CELEBRITIES
Is your interest in celebrities normal, or do you need to put down the TMZ and walk away? Here are some signs you are addicted to celebrities:
You are subscribed to three or more celebrity magazines like People, Star, Us, etc.
You actually kind of like the paparazzi – without those feisty photographers, how would we ever know what Shakira looks like before her morning cup of coffee?
While out running errands, you run into a friend who tells you some dirty news about your favorite stars, such as: Brad and Angelina just broke up. You skip the rest of your errands to rush home to scour the internet for news.
You know more about Patrick Dempsey’s favorite foods, places and activities than you do your own boyfriend’s.
You have skipped a social outing to stay home and watch E! News. E! isn’t just your favorite channel- it’s the only one you watch.
You are visiting LA with some friends, and while they go to the beach or hit up shoe shopping on Melrose, you try to find your favorite star’s house. You explain to them that you only stalk because you care.
Celebrity gossip makes up about half of all your conversations, and you feel almost “high” when you have a new story to reveal to your friends.
All your friends are completely obsessed with celebrities, as is your mom.
You usually choose new items of clothing, accessories or makeup based on the preferences of your favorite stars.
You TiVo Access Hollywood – and sometimes watch it twice.
The first thing you do in the morning is check the news on celebrity blogs like PerezHilton.com or TMZ. You often repost the gossip you’ve learned on your Facebook or Twitter, and continue checking these gossip sites throughout the day.
When Michael Jackson died, you were the first of your friends to know- and you spread the news to everyone with an almost gleeful efficiency.
You are currently trying to get tickets to various TV shows, or are trying out for a reality show.
Outside a burger joint in your neighborhood, you spot a long stretch limo, and then hang out for the next several hours to see who is inside.
You fantasize so much about the day that you will finally meet the object of your celebrity worship that you already have the outfit picked out.
Shilo Urban is a freelance writer who has just relocated to Los Angeles after her previous homes of Seattle, New Zealand, Paris, Maine, and Austin. She is an active member of the West Coast electronic music community and lives to promote the art that she loves and the people who create it.