Tuesday, August 23, 2005

What doesn't kill me makes me . . . watch celebrities

The brain simply doesn’t realize that it’s being fooled by TV and movies, says sociologist Satoshi Kanazawa, lecturer at the London School of Economics. “Hundreds of thousands of years ago, it was impossible for someone not to know you if you knew them. And if they didn’t kill you, they were probably your friend.” Kanazawa’s research has shown that this feeling of friendship has other repercussions: People who watch more TV are more satisfied with their friendships, just as if they had more friends and socialized more frequently. Another study found that teens who keep up to date on celebrity gossip are popular, with strong social networks—the interest in pop culture indicates a healthy drive for independence from parents.


So, let me get this straight -- being obsessed with celebrity is irresistable because instinctual, combative of depression, and a healthy sign of rebellion?

Oh, look the copywriters at Entertainment Tonight had some spare time on their hands and wrote an article!

And, also, whoever doesn't kill me is my friend? Even my standards are higher than that.


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