Am I shallow?
by Cassandra Lis
Humans are attracted to things that are, well, attractive. To them at least. It’s just like how blue jays are attracted to shiny objects. We, as a species, also tend to want what we can’t have. Or won’t have. So we tend to gravitate towards people or objects that are “shiny”. This could be people that are attractive, wealthy, etc. For example, the Kardashian family has a large following, and none of them really have any talents. Anyone could argue that having an extremely large butt is something noteworthy, but if the human race is now worshipping celebrities based on the size of their posterior, has the world hit its low?
The Kardashian family is famous for being famous. They are also famous for their extreme face and body features. If the younger generation is beginning to idolize these celebrities based on the way they look, a teen would never feel like they measure up. This would result in the teen having lowered self-confidence, causing depression, eating disorders, and other mental illnesses. So, unknowingly, celebrities are promoting these kinds of mental illnesses in teens.
Although, not all celebrities cause unhealthy habits for teens. Celebrities like Demi Lovato and Ashton Irwin have struggled with self-harm, depression, and eating disorders and they openly speak about how they would like their music to help others. These celebrities have a positive impact on moldable minds with their music.
So, I believe that idolizing others that are more “attractive” (probably not though) or wealthy than you are is not shallow. I think that it is human nature to want things that we can’t have, but I do think that celebrities need to remember that millions of impressionable minds watch their every move, so they should try to spread the positive message of self-love instead of promoting dieting teas and other unhealthy behaviors.