Those who ‘worship’ celebs have ‘poor cognitive performance’, says new study

If you have an unhealthy obsession with celebrity acclaim, you may be on the low end of the intelligence spectrum.

that is being claimed a Hungarian Studies Made up of research spanning two decades from November. In dissecting the relationship between “celebrity worship and cognitive skills”, this particular study aimed to test a large adult sample size, as well as examine the power of celebrities as it relates to cognitive performance.

The cross-sectional study included 1,763 Hungarian adults, of whom 66 percent were male. The sample group had an average age of 37 years and included adults aged 18–79 years.

More than 70 percent of the participants in the online survey had a college degree, while more than 28 percent had a post-secondary education certification.

According to a Hungarian study, you may be on the low end of the intelligence spectrum if you have an unhealthy obsession with celebrity admiration. Above, Kanye West is seen here on January 05, 2022 in Chelsea, New York.

Income levels were across the board. While nearly one-third of participants said they earned between $1,005 and $2,003 (US$) in monthly income after taxes, a third of respondents claimed to have above $3,338 in monthly income after taxes.

In part of the research, participants completed two intelligence tests in the areas of vocabulary and numeracy.

Each trial was composed of 30 items, such as 30 words randomly selected from the Encyclopdia Britannica, followed by four possible one-word definitions, of which one is correct.

One of the study’s hypotheses was that performance measuring crystallized intelligence, fluid intelligence, and a combination of the two would decline with increasing levels of celebrity worship. The results showed that higher scores on three dimensions of celebrity worship were consistently associated with lower performance on two cognitive tests, “although these associations were generally weak.”

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Participants also completed the Celebrity Attitude Scale and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. The former includes 23 items and a 1-5 ranking system that extends from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree”.

The celebrity scale fell into three sub-categories:

The Entertainment-Social subscale included statements such as, “My friends and I like to discuss what my favorite celebrity has done.”

The second level of celebrity devotion, called intense-personal, was characterized by statements such as, “I often have thoughts about my celebrity, even when I don’t want to.”

A third level, borderline-pathological, seems to be how it is described, which includes statements like, “If I was lucky enough to meet my favorite celebrity, and she asked me to do something illegal as a favor.” Said, then maybe I’ll do it.”

Another hypothesis was that there would be a negative relationship between scores on vocabulary and numerical tests, taking into account gender, age, educational level, current family income, current and childhood material wealth, and self-esteem.

The study concluded, “Partial correlations confirmed a weak, negative association between celebrity worship and cognitive skills in all aspects except for the relationship between the vocabulary test and the entertainment-social dimension of celebrity worship, which was not significant.”

The three authors of the study acknowledged that some studies have drawn “mixed findings” regarding the association between celebrity worship and cognitive skills, with the aim of this particular study being a relatively large sample size with relevant demographic, socioeconomic and psychological variables. is to use.

“It was found that the direct association between celebrity worship and poor cognitive performance was weak but consistent even after controlling for demographic and socioeconomic variables such as educational level and material wealth,” the study said. “This result may suggest that deep involvement with a celebrity may be directly associated with poor performance in tasks requiring attention and focus, which is characterized by the absorption and cognitive effort in maintaining a one-sided emotional bond with an admired celebrity. can be explained.”

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And although the results align with previous findings on addictive behaviors, suggesting that excessive behaviors may impair cognitive functioning, because of increased investment and energy in praising celebrities, more research needs to be done. the wanted.

“The explanatory power of celebrity worship on low cognitive performance was limited, suggesting that praise of a celebrity is not a major predictor of poor cognitive skills, although there is a consistent, weak relationship between the two constructions,” the authors wrote. “Based on this finding, celebrity worship can be considered as a contributing factor that can alter cognitive performance—and independent of education, age, and material wealth, although other factors may be strong predictors of cognitive performance. “