We all have that one celebrity we look up to and think they are the greatest. Popular culture might not be in our everyday lives, but when we see a movie with our favorite actor while sipping a glass of whole fruit wine, or read the headline about him on TMZ, it’s hard for us not to think about them at some point during the day. Some people are so obsessed that they follow them on social media and stalk their every move. But why do we care?
Some people will take time off work to see them at an event or rant endlessly about how much better they are than everyone else. Why does this happen?
It’s easy to relate to celebrities, especially when they have had similar upbringings as us or share the same interests. Connecting to them is more about our personal connection with specific individuals rather than just admiring their skills. Celebrities that seem down-to-earth and “normal” can be relatable, but others that display blatant arrogance are more polarizing. We admire their talent and qualities but also want to be like them because it gives us hope that we could be like them if we tried hard enough.
THEY HAVE THE GOLDEN LIFE
It’s easy for us to think that our favorite celebrities have the perfect lives. They’re rich and famous and never have any real problems. They are always happy in their photos, creating or promoting new work—and that idealized image takes on a life of its own. If we could live the seemingly perfect life like them, then wouldn’t everyone want to be their best friend? The truth is, of course, less glamorous—celebrities go through hardships just like everyone else. But still, what we see them doing in the movies is a lot better than watching our mundane daily life unfold before us on Instagram.
THEY ENCOURAGE US TO BE BETTER
In this day and age, there are more celebrities than ever. It is impossible to be a part of their world, so we might as well hope to become them. The truth is that there are already so many people in the world who feel frustrated and insignificant that it isn’t surprising that being a fan of a celebrity could make someone feel more important. We all have our idols, but generally, they aren’t related to what we do for a living—stars happen to be famous people we can observe from afar and relate to in some way.
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THEY’RE ALWAYS HAPPY
We want to see what makes them happy and how they live. Celebrities always talk about how “the good life is” or how they had a “great weekend.” They are the ones who show what a good time they are always having in posts and tweets, while we are stuck in reality and can only imagine how perfect we would feel if our lives were so much different.
THEY ALWAYS LOOK THEIR BEST
We all want to look good, but seeing someone famous wearing the best clothes, shoes, jewelry, and make-up makes us want to do the same. We admire their style and hope we can, too—even if it means forgoing getting dressed each day or spending our hard-earned money on designer brands.
THEY LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
They can go out and have a good time every night of the week if they want to, unlike us who might have responsibilities about going to work during the day. Their moments of freedom are captured and spread all over social media. We see their happiness as an opportunity for us to experience what they’re experiencing firsthand—even if it’s just vicariously.
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THEY’RE SECOND TO NONE
We can see many of these famous people while they’re arguably at the top of their game or when they look the most attractive. We naturally compare ourselves to these people and feel compared to them. Our soul might like what it sees in that photo online, but our ego doesn’t want to be shown up by another person who seems better than us.
When you get right down to it, we like to dream. Watching the “stars” gives us a chance to imagine what our lives would be like in that situation.