Why are some people so interested in celebrities?


There are a number of reasons but this one struck me as particularly interesting – it helps people with low self-esteem get closer to being their ideal self:

The current research proposes that low self-esteem people can use parasocial relationships to experience movement toward the ideal self, a benefit they may miss in real relationships. In Study 1, low self-esteem undergraduate psychology students at a public university in the United States felt closest to celebrities who were similar to their ideal self. In Study 2, low self-esteem college students primed with their favorite celebrity became more similar to their ideal selves. In Study 3, low self-esteem college students primed with their favorite celebrity, but not a close relationship partner, became more similar to their ideal selves. Results are discussed in terms of the implications for parasocial relationships, self-esteem, and the flexibility of the need to belong.

Source:” Parasocial relationships and self-discrepancies: Faux relationships have benefits for low self-esteem individuals” from Personal Relationships, Volume 15 Issue 2, Pages 261 – 280

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