The first question to ask yourself is: Who really reads celebrity news? Why is it important to read about the latest gossip about celebrities? You might not even know if you are reading celebrity gossip because you are not a fan. If you haven’t paid attention to celebrity gossip in the past, you may be putting your health at risk. Celebrity gossip is a way to sell fake stories, but most people are only interested in making money.
One study found that 40 percent of the public cites celebrity news as their main news source. That’s about three times more than any other subject. However, one in ten Americans says that the news media are too focused on the Iraq war, while only five percent mention politics in general, the presidential campaign, or crime and violence. This shows that while Americans love to gossip, it’s not the most important thing in the world.
One reason why we read celebrity gossip is to find out what happened with our favorite celebrities. We find it fascinating when our favorite stars get into fights, break ups, or get publicly dragged. In the recent breakup of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, we were treated to a play-by-play analysis of their relationship. We were also fascinated by Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling” announcement and the subsequent crash of Goop. Moreover, the press scours for stories to fill their pages.