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.