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Hot research topic on addiction to the latest celebrity news and gossip: Celebrity worship syndrome (CWS)

Justin Bieber is one celebrity whose name frequently makes news headlines. (Credit: chrissyrose70)

Justin Bieber is one celebrity whose name frequently makes news headlines. (Credit: chrissyrose70)

We all enjoy hearing the latest celebrity news and gossip. But things got weird on January 24, 2014, when MSNBC interrupted an interview with a U.S. congresswomen to air breaking news about Justin Bieber’s latest brush with the law. It’s one thing for people to follow celebrity antics but when a major news outlet acts like a giddy teen every time a celebrity is spotted doing something outrageous, you have to wonder if society is suffering from celebrity worship syndrome.

Celebrity worship syndrome

There seems to be a name for every personality quirk, so it comes as no surprise that an exaggerated interest in celebrities qualifies as a psychological disorder. Nicole Plumridge provided background on celebrity worship syndrome (CWS) in a May 12, 2013, post for PsychMinds.com titled, “Celebrity Worship Syndrome.” Read more