Traits of Reality TV Fans

The long wait is over and over the past twelve months, we have been thriving on a digital diet of politics sporting features and current affairs topped up with endless doses of reality television. The celebrities have been assessed by the psychologists have arrived in Australia and now beginning to assess each other “personalities” in the five-star luxury Versace hotel. We gasp at the phenomenal fees paid to many of them and feel they are a complete waste of money. But what is it that attracts us to celebrities? This concept of Celebrity has begun to become an inherent part of our lives and persona and identities in children teenagers and even adults. Most of them are young wannabees who rely on physical attributes or on “fame” as they are not particularly knowledgeable or highly skilled except and a flourish of relationship startup and breakdown which increases media exposure and elevates their status further as they change celebrity partners. Celebrities we see and become psychologically attached to are simply known for being known, and nothing more.

Many psychological research studies have found that the study of celebrity and fame has three main factors. First, there is an inherent interest in their personality characteristics that distinguish eminent people with significant skills, looks or intelligence from the general population. Secondly, they can influence political voting as we have seen a few days ago when Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce appeared at Hilary Clinton’s side to boost her status as the next USA President. The third is the psychological consequences of achieving fame as seen in last years Queen of the Jungle Vicky Pattison and earlier on Tracy Solomon who has found Joe Swash. Celebrities dating other celebrities often engage like celebrity footballers with highly attractive models and exquisite homes in various countries, for simply kicking a ball around a pitch or simply being a sports commentator.

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What makes the content of the sports commentary so unique compared to lesser mortals in a sports commentary? They are all simply words being said and broadcast on TV. Fame also can lead to chronic self-consciousness and self-destructive behavior in many well-known and famous celebrities. Many experience profound loneliness as partners are working in other countries on film sets and the partner left to care for the children and gain the support of her family. The loss of privacy is the worst possible scenario. In addition, we have the influence celebrities have on reality tv fans. As we tune in on Sunday evening to ITV we become focused on our own celebrity, his or her social behavior, and interactions with fellow campmates. You and your friends may be the celebrity worshippers, however, this is what we psychologists call “parasocial interaction” which means that while we know so much about their lives, they know probably nothing about yours.

Whereas it is certainly true that some individuals decide to pursue acting or singing careers for the pure love of the art forms in question, the great majority of celebrity wannabes are largely driven by the outcomes (e.g., fame, money, adulation). The extraordinary attention that is lavished on celebrities (not to mention the outlandish sums of money) makes it easy to succumb to one’s hype. Many of these celebs in the Big Brother House and those in the Australian Jungle, may feel a sense of guilt about their actual celebrity role in these well-known annual shows of reality television.

Those who produce reality TV shows like “I’m a Celebrity” have to deal with the rights and regulations of the contestants who volunteer to go out to the jungle. Producers have to get the mix right between exposing well-known Celebrities to oppression, isolation, food deprivation, fear and much more. They must know all risks they will knowingly and willingly undertake and also on completion of the show be fully debriefed and returned to the same state of physiological and psychological health.

Celebrities we see and become psychologically attached to are simply known for being known, and nothing more. Celebrities dating other celebrities often engage like celebrity footballers with highly attractive models and exquisite homes in various countries, for simply kicking a ball around a pitch or simply being a sports commentator. Fame also can lead to chronic self-consciousness and self-destructive behavior in many well-known and famous celebrities. You and your friends may be the celebrity worshippers, however, this is what we psychologists call “parasocial interaction” which means that while we know so much about their lives, they know probably nothing about yours.

Head on over to Dr Arthur Cassidy’s website (www.drarthurcassidy.com) for other interesting and in-depth celebrity psychologist articles.

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