A celebrity is a person who has become famous and idolized by a large group of people. The reason for this is their success in a specific field or the fact that they are well known to many because of the media they appear in. A celebrity can be an actor, musician, singer, politician, athlete or even a writer. A celebrity has the ability to affect the culture of a certain country or region. Celebrities can influence society in positive or negative ways.
Some celebrities become famous for doing bad things. The example of Paris Hilton comes to mind. She became famous for doing many things that are not acceptable in the eyes of the public but her money and fame made her a celebrity. Other celebrities become famous for doing good things such as charitable deeds or helping others. These types of celebrities can inspire people to follow in their footsteps and do the same.
There are some negative aspects of the celebrity culture such as the fact that it influences the way we perceive ourselves and how we think about our bodies. Celebrities can teach us what clothes to wear, how we should look and they often dictate fashion trends that we are tempted to adopt. This is especially true for women celebrities who are often portrayed as being the perfect model of what a woman should be.
Celebrities also influence the way we view other people and how we treat them. They are held to higher standards than the average person and their failures can be aired in the media for all to see. This can lead to a negative perception of celebrities as they are seen as having less moral values than the rest of us.
Some research has found that when celebrities endorse products it can increase the sales of those products. This is because of the way our brains are wired. It is because of this that some people have started to consider celebrities as role models when making health-related decisions.
Other research shows that the majority of people do not worship celebrities. About 15% of people have an ‘entertainment-social’ interest and talk about their favourite stars with friends. This does not seem to cause any harm. Another 5% of young people have a more ‘intense-personal’ relationship with a celebrity and feel that they are their soulmate. These are the ones that are in most danger of developing serious mental problems if they are exposed to the celebrity culture. It is this group that may become addicted to drugs and alcohol and who are at high risk of depression and anxiety. They are also at the highest risk of suffering from eating disorders and body image issues. This can be because of the fact that they have a very narrow idea of what is considered beautiful. They may believe that they are ugly if their looks do not match the celebrity they admire.