Idolization is Actually Harmful

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Written by: Emily Long, Assistant Editor

You could ask anyone in this day in age to name one person or thing that they look up to, and they could probably rattle off a whole list of who they admire. However, in this day and age, people are putting too much attention into celebrities, and it is doing more harm than good. With the rise of social media, a new type of fame is discovered, and that is “influencers”. As a society we are so obsessed with money and fame, that it leads us to follow the wrong people and idolize behavior that isn’t acceptable. We need to be more careful as a society of who we allow into the spotlight. Idolizing or worshipping other humans causes us to create unrealistic expectations, it can make us feel worse about ourselves, and it doesn’t always promote the best behavior. 

 

According to successconcious.com, there is a subconscious desire that we have as humans to idolize anything that seems better, richer, well known, or powerful. We all want to live a better life. And when we see influencers living in their Los Angeles mansions with designer products and always looking perfect, we can’t help but compare ourselves to that image. 

 

It is no stranger that social media is a factor to a lot of negative experiences.And according to helpguide.org, watching someone through social media raises higher inadequacy about your life or appearances. In fact, according to springwise.com, there is an entire market based off of people’s insecurities that they gain through social media. Influencers are one of the prime advertisements for companies. Helpguide.org also mentions that since the rise of “influencer marketing” brands have reported that their sales have gone up by 71 percent with the use of influencers. 

 

We constantly compare ourselves to people that we see on social media. According to a poll done by the Huffington Post, 51 percent of people said that influencers make them more self conscious about their appearance. The influencers that we see on social media platforms create a toxic mirror that reflects unrealistic expectations about ourselves. We compare the way that we look, how much money we have, etc. We crave to be just like the people that we see online, but what we follow shouldn’t always be what we admire. 

 

We see people in the spotlight all the time. They get noticed for doing a number of things, and then they obtain a large following. A lot of the time, these people don’t promote the best behavior. They do things like crazy pranks and stunts, and get in trouble a lot. Why is it that we still give these people a platform? In today’s society, we seem to place entertainment above our morals. This goes for all types of categories, whether it’s social media, sports, the music or film industry. 

 

People tend to turn a blind eye and allow terrible things to happen, and we talk about it, but we never actually do anything about it. For instance, a football player can hit his wife and still be allowed to play. We are going to let a criminal on the field just because he helps us win? Our morals are very loose when it comes to people that we seem to worship. We see all the time how celebrities who commit crimes are able to walk away with minimal consequences. This is where we as a society need to hold our standards higher. Yes, we can follow these people, but they should not be idolized or worshipped in the ways that most of these “influencers” are. 

 

Influential people should be in the spotlight not only because they do amazing things, but because they are good people. We need to watch who we look up to, and ask ourselves, do we really want to be like them? When we idolize another human, such as a celebrity or influencer, it  causes us to create unrealistic expectations and can make us feel worse about ourselves. These people really don’t set a great example, and they often promote underlying issues such as narcissism, entitlement, and carelessness. It seems very easy in today’s age to get famous for doing no more than being decently good looking and slightly charismatic. People should be in the spotlight because they stand out, they are different and they promote good traits and inspire others to become better.