Pop culture infiltrates the lives of teenagers in influential ways. Celebrities are elevated to a status akin to American royalty, and as such can become role models for younger, impressionable audiences. While there are some celebrities who flounder their opportunities on very public falls from grace, some celebrities take this influence very seriously.
How Do Celebrities Influence People? By Christina Shaffer ; Updated September 15, In a society that largely obsesses about entertainment and celebrity culture, celebrities can have a powerful impact on a person's life.
From fashion trends to political views, the attractiveness of a celebrity's lifestyle can influence people's beliefs, interests and behaviors. This obsession with celebrity culture often starts at an early age. Many children and teens are infatuated with young, pop-culture icons.
They think of celebrities as role models and may choose to imitate them. History Some historians credit the rise of mass celebrity culture in America to the early 20th century.
Between andthe entertainment industry in New York was flourishing with different forms of entertainment, including opera, vaudeville, radio and film.
Many Americans became infatuated with celebrities and contributed to a new, consumer-based culture that continues today. Fashion The influence of chic fashion can be traced back to the 17th century, and it's often credited to Louis XIV and his obsession with glamorous and elegant clothing. Today, celebrities have become the trendsetters in fashion.
From red carpet award shows to celebrity gossip magazines, media coverage of "who" a celebrity is wearing can influence a person's decision to buy the latest designer clothing and accessories.
Body Image The entertainment industry often pressures celebrities--especially actresses--to look thin. Since some people look to celebrities as role models, this can have a severe impact on societal perceptions of body image.
Some celebrities maintain their body images through extreme measures, including plastic surgery and eating disorders. Though celebrities do not directly cause people to seek out these extreme measures, the National Eating Disorder Association says that the media impacts the ways people define ideas of body image.
Politics Through the media, celebrities have the ability to affect people's interests in political parties or politicians.
One of the most recent, high-profiled celebrity endorsements was Oprah Winfrey's endorsement of Barack Obama in the presidential election. Though it's unclear exactly how influential Winfrey's endorsement was on the race, a USA Today poll showed that 8 percent of the adults who participated in the poll were more likely to vote for Obama because of Winfrey's backing.
Environmentalism Many environmentally conscience topics, such as global warming, have received publicity because of celebrities. These celebrities have often vocalized support for "going green," and have endorsed hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius.
Their advocacy for environmentalism can influence people in adopting a more eco-friendly lifestyle, while strengthening the environmental movement.Celebrities do not usually have the qualifications to justify why they have as much influence as they do. Some celebrities have been known to have dropped out of high school and yet people take their advice on health, science, politics, environmental awareness, and medicine.
According to Forbes’ Celebrity list, the most powerful global celebrities of were show host Oprah Winfrey, singer Lady Gaga, film director Steven Spielberg and singers Beyoncé Knowles and Madonna.
The level of celebrity influence is difficult to gauge.
In conclusion, the impact of celebrity behaviour on young teenagers can affect their lives in many negative ways. There is a pressure on body image which can ruin their sense of self-esteem. Also, many celebrity bad habits are learned and followed quickly.
Don't underestimate the importance of parental influence as an inoculation against peer group pressure and celebrity socialization. The values that you have instilled in your child while she is young can and will support her during her teen years.
The Negative Effects of Celebrities on Teenagers By Emily Ridings Claim Celebrities should have restrictions on what they are allowed to portray to their audiences because they are making destructive choices that lead teenagers to drink, use drugs, and develop eating disorders.
In a society that largely obsesses about entertainment and celebrity culture, celebrities can have a powerful impact on a person's life. From fashion trends to political views, the attractiveness of a celebrity's lifestyle can influence people's beliefs, interests and behaviors. This obsession with celebrity culture often starts at an early age.