Celebrity Worship Syndrome

In 1981, the first commercial laptop was invented by Adam Osborn, which dubbed the name, Osborne 1. In 1984, the first portable personal computer, IBM 5155 was launched by IBM, and the first laptop PC with “video graphics array” was launched through the Compaq Computer in 1988.

With the continual advancements in technology that have occurred since the invention of the computer, the methods of staying social have been revolutionized. Social Media has become a legitimate addiction to many people, especially younger ones, and with that, has come another outlet for celebrities to flex, increase their fame, and stay in touch with fans.

With celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Meek Mill just to name a few, and more who have millions of followers, their ability to give fans the feeling that they are looking into their personal lives, and learning who they are, past the celebrity persona they might be putting on for talk shows, many people are viewing these celebrities as figures to be worshiped, and to obsess over — a condition not helped by various reality shows that so many celebrities feature and star in. This condition is defined by Psychology Today magazine, as “an obsessive-addictive disorder where an individual becomes overly involved and interested (i.e., completely obsessed) with the details of the personal life of a celebrity.” Yes, that’s right, being a fan of a celebrity accompanied by advancements in technology can literally lead to being afflicted by a mental disorder.

Social Media forms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, which is “A mobile messaging service that sends a photo or video to someone that lasts only up to 10 seconds before it disappears. During that time, the recipient can take a screenshot, and the sender is notified that it was taken.” These social media tools alone result in this disorder afflicting masses of people. In fact, according to ABC News, “after surveying more than 600 people, researchers from universities in the United States and Britain recently identified a psychiatric condition. According to the researchers, about a third of us have it to some degree.” More than you thought? Well, thinking about how many people use social media and how many dinner tables across the world are surrounded by seats filled with families, silently scrolling through their phones, it’s not all that surprising.

Now think about this; the young adults of today are known as being part of “the technology generation.” That means that for each of these children, are adults that did not grow up as being part of the technology generation — not to include those adults who don’t have any kids. Yet and still, a third of the population has celebrity worship syndrome. So, imagine a time when everyone grew up with the current level of technology, or technology that is more advanced than the technology of today. Being a fan is on the fast track to taking on a whole new meaning. Look at the cut for Bieber trend — a horrific trend where many fans of singer Justin Bieber, cut themselves until he stopped doing drugs (which now he claims that he has).

This age of technology has brought about many improvements to society and our quality of life as whole — but there are a whole lot of areas that technology is changing society, and most of us don’t even notice it. Hopefully though, the good will outweigh the bad, hopefully…