I’m still amazed at all the attention and criticism Kim Kardashian gets. Talent or no talent, there is just no reason for the amount of hate she generates from people who don’t really know her at all. It’s celebrity obsession.

How many stories have we read about every single thing Kim Kardashian does? Or what the latest debate is about her younger sister Kylie Jenner and whether she is too young to wear something or do something? For that matter, we get inundated with almost anything any Kardashian does. You would swear we were talking about the royal family in England the way the media and the public seems to devour anything related to that family. I would venture to say most Americans know more about the Kardashians than they do about the President or elected officials in their city. Very strange! And it sure says a lot about our country.

We have an absolute obsession with celebrities in our country. If Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt step (outside) anywhere in the world, the American media will cover it. Beyoncé and Jay-Z do anything at all, it is news. The list of stars the public obsesses over goes on and on. I am not even fully sure why we have this obsession. Is it because most Americans live absolutely boring lives so it becomes easy to fantasize about these people we see on film and television? Is it because we want our own version of royalty like in England so the stars are the closest we can get? Some even have made the point that our obsession is actually about a desire to want to see people fail so we can feel better about ourselves. So what seems like adoration and love on a deeper level is about jealousy and envy.

Oprah, another person the public can’t seem to get enough of, actually once said she has a term for this, she calls it ‘fallen celebrity syndrome,” which is about the public actually putting people up on a pedestal so they can then knock them down. In one interview with Elizabeth Lesser, author and the cofounder of the Omega Institute, Lesser said this about the public’s apparent (seeming) delight in watching and reading about celebrities’ downfall: (and seeing celebrities fall and fail):

When a celebrity falls, we take some sort of comfort in it because it proves… everyone suffers in life. These celebrities who we have pumped up to being something they’re not, and we begin to lose touch with what life is really about…So when we think oh they have the life, they have everything we want, something in us knows that’s not true. When they fall, it’s like, ‘See? My life is important too.’

Of course, worshipping celebrities is not new. Old stars like Elizabeth Taylor were worshipped as well. After all, the red carpet’s walk and obsession with watching stars and their style before the Oscars are not new. But because of our far reaching media and glut of entertainment and other news magazines – since even regular news magazines now cover stars as well – and because of the Internet and its reign over all other sources of information, we have a lot more opportunities to sustain that obsession.

I know celebs encourage and even profit from the fascination and that to a point, the Kardashians and others want us to look at them and know everything we can. I am not saying they are victims by any means. But it is not their side of the equation that is the most important to me. It is the celebrity’s consumption side. I just think this obsession with stars, which is indeed getting worse, coupled with the sense of isolation that many feel ironically thanks to the Internet and its anonymity and thanks to texting and lack of real human interaction, is leading to a society that is fast losing touch with what’s real and what is important.

Real life is just becoming less and less entertaining to people, so they are engulfing themselves in alternative worlds, fantasy worlds, online worlds. I can’t help but wonder where this will all end up.