Nowadays young people are admiring media and sports stars, even though they do not set a good example. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
There is no need to be overly preoccupied with the fantasy images of stars standing out from the rest on the screen, the stage and the playing field because celebrity worship is part of everyday life, particularly among adolescents. That young people are admiring media and sports celebrities is socially normal outside the academic and behavioral context. Accepting that it is good and natural to be young, then it is inevitable for young people to be obsessed with certain personalities as their ideal examples.
Psychologically speaking, a certain amount of star admiration is normal. When young, becoming fans of favorite stars is a form of escapism and a way to dull emotional pain and stress; so, emulating celebrities is a natural part of development to identify themselves with their icons. Even in adulthood, people rank successful individuals highly and model themselves after them. In a global media culture, the lifestyle promoted by stars is often unattainable to the average person, regardless of whether it is realistic or ideal. Hence, the point is that young people choose their models for reasons based on renowned excellence in a specific field rather than on scandals that happen sometimes. That is, it is to admire what is shining in famous people's career successes and not what happen to shadow their real lives.
Not unlike fashion, "star worship syndrome" is simply a social development, although there could be an unhealthy interest in the private lives of actors, actresses, pop singers, and sports players. Admiring celebrities may be as blind as falling in love, and just as normal. When it comes to immature and confused minds, love cannot be avoided, nor can admiration for heroes and heroines. Such star obsession has proliferated since the creation of the mass media and therefore it had better not be regarded as a moral issue. To believe that celebrity worship is a negative development only makes out-of-date moral sense, leading to nowhere. In this gossip world, to criticize celebrities for failing to deliver good examples all the time beyond their specialized fields calls for the need to stop, in the first place, the media outlets from reporting what gossip is made of.
Admiration for favorite stars does no harm to people, young or old; besides, star admiration cannot be avoided in this information age. Fortunately, most fans are able to learn to tell a realistic world from an ideal world during this period between no-longer children and not-yet adults, without having to refer to moral examples. Indeed, there is nothing wrong about young people seeking their idols by looking up at the shining stars in the fantasy world to which many young people naturally belong.