Why Are We So Obsessed With Celebrity Culture?

Why Are We So Obsessed With Celebrity Culture?

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Celebrities — the word itself makes you think of flashing cameras, expensive jewelry and more money than anyone could ever actually need. It also brings to mind images of people being chased by photographers and fans, often more than what could be considered respectable or comfortable.

These factors, along with other ways our culture treats celebrities, are proof that we as a society are obsessed with celebrities. Everyone has different reasons, but we all feel personally invested in celebrities in one way or another. So why is that? Most people who aren’t famous have never met a celebrity, but we act like we know and care about them like a friend or family member.

To figure out why we’re so obsessed with celebrity culture, we each have to analyze our personal motivations. That’s not always easy to do, so instead, let’s look at some general reasons everyone gets hooked on following the lives of celebrities.

They Make Us Feel Better

Not in the chicken soup kind of way, but in the self-confidence kind of way. Celebrities, because they’re ordinary people, come with many different personalities and lifestyles. Some are laid-back and quiet, while others are loud and in your face with their strange quirks.

Most of the time, when we come across celebrities who are all about showing off in front of the camera, we get a confidence boost. We might see someone who can’t stay in a relationship very long and feel better about our own, or a celebrity could spend their money as fast as they make it, which would make us feel prouder of the things we bought that took time and hard work to achieve.

They might even make us feel good about how we look, since celebrities always get extra attention when they get facial or physical work done to look better for performances or photo shoots. You don’t have any plans to get a nose job, so that means you look better than someone with millions of followers on social media. It’s addicting to feel that boost in confidence or pat on the back that comes from watching the lifestyles of celebrities, which can make us check in on them even more often.

We Envy Them

One of the perks that comes with being famous is having a lot more money than anyone else. Wealthy celebs get to spend money on houses with space they’ll never use, or the latest car or electronics they don’t really need. They don’t have to budget or give a second thought to where their money is going. All they have to do is swipe their card, a relief many ordinary citizens would do anything to have for themselves.

It’s the flip side of celebrities boosting our self-confidence — they can also fill us with envy. It’s not just their money that causes this, but how they use it. The addiction can come in when we see someone with a bad reputation get things we don’t think they “deserve.” Think about all the drama Tom Brady got involved in with the “Deflategate” scandal, and then know that no matter what he does, he’s getting paychecks big enough to have an Audi R8 and Range Rover.

Once celebrities achieve a high enough status, their paycheck is nearly guaranteed, which means they could be the worst person on earth and still get a car in the blink of an eye that you’d have to spend the next 30 years saving up for. It’s natural to envy, and when celebrities make us feel that way, we feel the need to keep up with what they’re doing so we can both envy them and live vicariously through them.

They’re Part of Our Culture

So much of our culture has been built around celebrities that even if you haven’t spent your life buying magazines and reading about them online, you’re still aware of the biggest names out there because they infiltrate everything. Part of that has to do with the lifespan of the fame of the average celebrity.

Thanks to platforms such as YouTube and Instagram, it’s easier than ever for people to gain fame. A decent following on a common app can launch someone into stardom with little effort — sometimes even by accident. And, just as quickly, celebrities can disappear from the public light if they slight a director or become embroiled in a huge public scandal. Fame has become a quickly changing facet of American culture because we have so many ways to connect with the world.

This effect keeps everyone on their toes waiting for the next celebrity to rise or fall. The cast of famous people changes almost daily, and when it happens to one of your favorite famous faces, you can feel joy or sadness. That emotional trip can keep people hooked on the celebrity news line.

Celebrities Can Do the Impossible

Sometimes life can get tough, and it’s hard to find inspiration to hold onto hope that life will change and get better. That’s where celebrities come in. They rise to fame from complete obscurity, sometimes even overnight, which is why the entertainment industry is a source of inspiration for nearly everyone who pays attention to it. Celebs show us that we too can change our lives and live our dreams. If they can do it, so can we.

It’s easy for people from all walks of life to become obsessed with celebrity culture — and for good reason. We can find hope, joy and all other kinds of emotions in it that we sometimes can’t get from our ordinary lives. Whether we need a little push to chase our dreams, or a reason to keep fighting, celebrities can inspire it in us.

We can find celebrity articles online, in print, on the television or the big screen. Their faces are everywhere in society, so don’t feel ashamed of your celebrity obsession. We all deal with it on some level, and, surprisingly, for a lot of the same reasons.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.
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Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.

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Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.


Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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