The Positive Side Of Celebrity Worship

“This habit of latching onto the personal lives of the famous is widely derided as a sad attempt by lonely people to make up for the lack of intimacy in their own lives. But Jaye Derrick sees it differently. Her research suggests these ‘parasocial relationships’ –that is, a “relationship” where the other person doesn’t know you exist — can actually be a positive influence, es pecially for people with low self-esteem.”