According to a Hungarian study published last year in 2022 in BMC Psychology, individuals fixated on Hollywood gossip and celebrity culture may exhibit lower intelligence levels.
The research involved 1,763 adults who underwent various tasks, including a 30-word vocabulary test and a digit symbol substitution test.
Additionally, participants completed a “celebrity attitude scale” questionnaire to gauge their interest in famous figures. Statements such as, “I often feel compelled to learn the personal habits of my favorite celebrity” were answered with “yes” or “no”. The study found a direct link between intense celebrity worship and reduced performance on cognitive tests.
The researchers noted that those with the highest scores on the celebrity attitude scale also demonstrated poorer performance on the cognitive ability assessments.
However, they couldn’t determine whether the obsession with celebrity culture caused lower cognitive abilities or if it was a consequence of them.
They recommended further studies to explore how fixations on celebrities might impact cognitive skills and attention in tasks. The researchers advised being mindful of strong celebrity obsessions and their potential effects on cognitive performance.