Against by Sarah Harris
Imagine having the most intimate parts of your life being aired to millions of people on a daily basis? I’m assuming most of you wouldn’t be too pleased with the prospect. Just days ago, Kylie Jenner released an 11-minute video detailing her pregnancy journey over the last 9 months and within hours the video had millions of views. It raised the question as to why we as a general public are so consumed by celebrity culture?
Living in the ‘Kardashian era,’ most of us are used to being bombarded with pointless and often pathetic articles on a daily basis about subjects as ridiculous as what colour shoe laces so and so was wearing. Being so obsessed with the lives of famous people is bound to do more harm than good. In my opinion, being so influenced by those such as the Kardashian sisters can often cause problems both mentally and physically, as it can cause us to have unrealistic expectations and instead leave us feeling insecure about almost every aspect of our lives.
Just weeks ago, I came across the story of an Iranian woman who paid over £100,000 to have plastic surgery to look like Angelina Jolie. Of course, if we’re constantly surrounded by images of 6ft models and celebrities with their perfectly botoxed faces and injected lips, we’re going to have ridiculously high expectations that we will most likely never meet. Studies have even found that in this day and age, females between 14 – 20 are more likely to have problems with their body image if they belong to a ‘fandom’ or obsessed with a particular celebrity.
Celebrity Worship Syndrome is a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in which a person becomes so deeply involved with the details of a celebrity’s personal life that it starts to impact their own mental health. Mental health experts have found that those who closely follow the lives of celebrities are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. It’s clear that celebrity culture is damaging to this current generation and those yet to come, yet instead of furthering away from it, we are becoming more captivated by the lives of certain personalities.
We obviously need to distance ourselves from this rising issue and concentrate more on our own lives. Curiosity is a natural process yet, when it starts to impact our daily lives and wellbeing, we need to make sure we do all that we can to distance ourselves from the problem. Whether it be by boycotting certain news resources or giving up your favourite reality TV show, we as a society need to do more to drift away from celebrity culture and the issues that come with it.