Justin Bieber or Joe Schmoe? Kim Kardashian or Jane Doe? Which life would you choose — gossip-column fame or anonymity? According to Psychology Today
, 31 percent of Millennials and those in Generation Z believe they will be the famous ones, not the unknowns. In other words, one-third of teenagers will be famous or one-third of teenagers will be very disappointed.
With the advent of American Idol
, YouTube and viral everything, becoming a celebrity today is like winning the lottery. Just keep buying tickets and maybe you’ll win. Just keep making funny cat videos or auditioning for a reality TV show and maybe you’ll end up there. Then you’ll be somebody
. The worst thing in the world would be to live a boring life with no great claim to fame.
This leads us into crazy pursuits in order to justify our existence. Instead of being content as Justin Bieber’s lawyer, doctor or tailor, we aim for being the Biebs himself. When we think “celebrity,” we think about someone in sports, music, fashion or media. According to 99U
One study of Canadian college students found that 84 percent of them had passions, and 90 percent of these passions involved sports, music, and art. But only 3 percent of jobs are in the sports, music, and art industries. The result is massive competition for a few highly-prized jobs.
Essentially, there are millions of people looking for gold at the end of distant rainbows. Aside from being pragmatically difficult, here are some divine reasons for you to love your anonymous life more than the lifestyle portrayed in the grocery store magazine rack.