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      The association of celebrity worship with problematic Internet use, maladaptive daydreaming, and desire for fame

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          Background and aims

          Celebrity worship, defined as an obsessive fascination with a famous person, has been associated with several mental health problems, such as symptoms of depression and anxiety, dissociation, and body image concerns. The aim of this study was to extend the scope of investigation of previous research on psychological correlates by exploring the association of celebrity worship with compulsive behaviors, such as problematic Internet use, maladaptive daydreaming, desire for fame, and self-efficacy.


          A voluntary sample of 437 Hungarian adolescents and adults (78.3% male; M age = 24.7 years, SD = 7.4) completed an online questionnaire focusing on attitudes toward celebrities and other relevant variables.


          As a result of hierarchical regression analyses, high levels of celebrity worship were associated with problematic Internet use, maladaptive daydreaming, and desire for fame. Furthermore, females were at higher risk to become obsessed with celebrities than males.

          Discussion and conclusion

          These findings provide with a more comprehensive picture of psychological difficulties associated with celebrity worship and may contribute to a better understanding of this phenomenon.

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              Validation of a new scale for measuring problematic internet use: implications for pre-employment screening.

              The current study introduced a theory-driven, multidimensional measure of problematic Internet use: the Online Cognition Scale (OCS). Undergraduate students (n = 211) in an industrial/organizational psychology course completed the OCS, along with measures of procrastination, rejection sensitivity, loneliness, depression, and impulsivity. A confirmatory factor analysis indicated that problematic Internet use consists of four dimensions: diminished impulse control, loneliness/depression, social comfort, and distraction. As hypothesized, the OCS predicted all of the study variables in the expected directions. Representing a departure from previous research in this area, the current article focused on procrastination, impulsivity, and social rejection as key elements of problematic Internet use. Furthermore, interactive applications (e.g., chat) were most related to problematic Internet use, and scores on the OCS predicted being reprimanded at school or work for inappropriate Internet use. As a result, the utility of the OCS for both clinical assessment of Internet addiction and as an organizational preemployment screening measure to identify potential employees who are likely to abuse the Internet in the workplace (also known as "cyberslacking") were discussed.

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                Journal of Behavioral Addictions
                J Behav Addict
                Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest )
                10 September 2018
                September 2018
                : 7
                : 3
                : 654-664
                [ 1 ]Institute of Psychology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University , Budapest, Hungary
                [ 2 ]Doctoral School of Psychology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University , Budapest, Hungary
                [ 3 ] North American Journal of Psychology , Winter Garden, FL, USA
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                [* ]Corresponding author: Ágnes Zsila; Institute of Psychology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, 1064 Budapest, Izabella utca 46, Hungary; Phone: +36 70 597 4026; E-mail: zsila.agnes@
                © 2018 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.

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                Funding sources: This study was supported by the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (grant numbers: K111938 and KKP126835). ÁZ was supported by the ÚNKP-17-3 New National Excellence Program of the Ministry of Human Capacities.
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