The association of celebrity worship with problematic Internet use, maladaptive daydreaming, and desire for fame

Ágnes Zsila, Lynn E. McCutcheon, Zsolt Demetrovics

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Abstract

Background and aims: Celebrity worship, defined as an obsessive fascination with a famous person, has been associated with several mental health problems, such as symptoms of depression and anxiety, dissociation, and body image concerns. The aim of this study was to extend the scope of investigation of previous research on psychological correlates by exploring the association of celebrity worship with compulsive behaviors, such as problematic Internet use, maladaptive daydreaming, desire for fame, and self-efficacy. Methods: A voluntary sample of 437 Hungarian adolescents and adults (78.3% male; Mage = 24.7 years, SD = 7.4) completed an online questionnaire focusing on attitudes toward celebrities and other relevant variables. Results: As a result of hierarchical regression analyses, high levels of celebrity worship were associated with problematic Internet use, maladaptive daydreaming, and desire for fame. Furthermore, females were at higher risk to become obsessed with celebrities than males. Discussion and conclusion: These findings provide with a more comprehensive picture of psychological difficulties associated with celebrity worship and may contribute to a better understanding of this phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)654-664
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of behavioral addictions
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • celebrity worship
  • compulsive behaviors
  • desire for fame
  • maladaptive daydreaming
  • problematic Internet use
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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