AN IMAGINARY GENIE UNLEASHED
Why would one use the word ‘magnificent’ to describe this selection of Filipino A-Listers? Well, the collection of adjectives that go with the term include: impress ively beautiful, outstanding, excellent, extraordinary, striking and generous to name a few. Now, if you’ve bothered to check out the Facebook fan pages of these celebrities, you’ll find out that some do have a lot of followers worldwide. Take for example Bruno Mars. As of this writing, his fan page has racked up a count of over 37.6-million fans. That’s impressive!
Die-hard fans usually have enough strong interest that some changes in their lifestyles are made to accommodate devotion to their object of focus. They harbour a desire for external involvement and are motivated to demonstrate their involvement through certain behaviours such as having a wish to acquire material objects related to the celebrity or a desire for social interaction with other fans. In this day and age, those wishes or desires are easily facilitated through the Internet and, like chanting the magic word ‘abracadabra’, an ima ginary genie is unleashed but only in their dreams.
PASSING FANCY OR HERO WORSHIP?
The degree of devotion to celebrities can range from a simple crush, an enthu siastic advocacy or uncritical following driven perhaps by a passing fancy or worse, hero worship. Then, there are those out there who hold a deluded belief that they have a special ‘personal’ relationship with the star which realistically does not exist. These are all forms of what is called ‘mania’ or more mildly put, an obsession.
So, is having an obsession bad then? Well, that depends on what your obsession is, which is – an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind. If you have nothing else to do in life, we’d say it’s bad. On the other hand, if your obsession adds value or some benefit to people other than you, then it’s probably good to have around for a while.