Back in July, when Lady Gaga had a mere 10 million Facebook fans (she now has more than 16 million – it’s been barely more than a month!), Psychology Today‘s Robbie Woliver wrote an article, Lady Gaga and Her 10 Million Facebook Friends: Celebrity Warship Syndrome, which is mostly about Celebrity Worship Syndrome but also somewhat about how Gaga’s millions of Facebook fans could be…well, not exactly indicative of the syndrome, but perhaps something worth raising an eyebrow over in the grand scheme of things.

Woliver’s article is a quick, interesting read. For example, I found out that it was James Chapman who actually coined the phrase Celebrity Worship Syndrome in his Daily Mail article Do You Worship the Celebs? (the article also links to Do You Have Celebrity Worship Syndrome?, a page that lists several characteristics that could point to low-level, moderate, or severe Celebrity Worship Syndrome).

However, I’m hesitant to draw similarities between how many fans a celebrity has on Facebook and the level of potential Celebrity Worship Syndrome going on.

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Think Twice Before Becoming a Lady Gaga Facebook Fan

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  1. Indeed, having about 16,090,168 people click “like’ on a celebrity’s page on Facebook doesn’t necessarily show the number of devoted fans that celebrity has, but rather the number of people that enjoy his/her music more or less.

    In that which concerns Lady Gaga, I find this large number to be explained not only through her great fame, but also through the main concept she represents or is known for: stepping outside the boundaries and bringing -sometimes outrageous one would say- new elements.

    To put it in a few words, Lady Gaga is nowadays a symbol in pop culture of what is called “Positive Deviance” – a manifestation outside the standards, models and rules we subconsciously feel so compelled to follow these days.

    P.S. I haven’t “liked” Lady Gaga yet, but I probably would have if I had seen the ad, even though I just enjoy a few songs- but hey, I do like’em :)

  2. “Positive Deviance” – I like that concept!

    Haha, I’m with you. I like several a few of her songs, so when I saw the ad I just clicked “like.” Following a celeb on Twitter or liking them on Facebook is such a quick process – for most people, I don’t think it shows much more than “Hey, I like a few of her songs. ‘Like!’” Haha.

  3. “Lady Gaga is nowadays a symbol in pop culture of what is called “Positive Deviance” – a manifestation outside the standards, models and rules we subconsciously feel so compelled to follow these days.”

    That’s…an interpretation of the positive deviance concept that I’ve never heard before.

  4. my lady gaga…,,,,…is mine i love gaga you are amazin’ nobody is like you you are only in this world i wanna meet you … not away…i love you gaga.. :)

  5. I wonder if Neil DeGrassi Tyson will ever reach that number of ‘likes’?

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