2 Reasons Why We Might Be Over Obsessed

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

fangirlWith the release of the brand new iPhone 4 last week and the upcoming mega movie blockbuster opening of Twilight, people are in hysteria over the possibilities of being the first. Long lines and rabid fanboys and fangirls will do just about anything to take part in these huge events.
I wonder why people turn crazy around these events?

I was one of the crazies that stood in line for the iPhone 4 (but notice I am not one of the crazies that will ever see twilight). Which means that I am not free of guilt yet apart of the problem. But as I watch people become obsessed with the latest apple products or the latest twilight movie, or insert whatever other obsession you can find out there I wonder why it is that we can become such obsessive people?

I think I might have an idea, at least from personal thoughts and experience. I think one of the first reasons we become obsessed is everyone else is obsessed. Want to be an apple fan boy? You better know all the rumors, read all the blogs, and have the latest technology. If you are still rocking an iPhone 2G you are obviously not a fanboy :) Want to be considered a twilight fan girl? You better be at the opening night, better have the t shirt and you better have read all the books. It is what we do. Its almost like we cannot get enough of something nor can we not get enough of being the best or most obsessed.

Secondly, I think it comes down to the fact that we have nothing else to do. Maybe your just bored or your story is not exciting (I know that is how I feel) but you need something that gets you going. So waiting in line four hours for a phone is something to talk about. I think it might come down to the fact that a character that is in search of a plot is fine with letting their plot be dictated by others.

I think we have to many fanboys/girls and not enough story tellers.

Are you a Story Teller or a Fan boy?

*kyle

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://silenthearts.wordpress.com Morgan

    Not a fan girl–I’ve yet to see what is so special about the Twilight movies. Everyone says, oh read the books! Well, you know what? I bought the first book and am ticked that I spent $10 on it because I couldn’t get through the 1st paragraph. Lame. I fell asleep halfway through the 1st movie, so I’m not about to spend my money on the others.

    I partly agree that we’re bored. But also, I think that as a society we’ve trained ourselves to be “better class citizens.” We think we’re the coolest person at Starbucks with all the latest toys–and people let us think that because they oooh and aaah over it. Perhaps it’s become an addiction? Don’t get me wrong, I still very much want an iPhone 4…I just am not sure if I’m willing to give up my killer-grandfathered Sprint account. LOL…

  • http://acalledlife.blogspot.com/ Mindy

    Right now, my life is so full of work, school, and church that I have fallen into the “fangirl” mentality. I lack the creativity and energy to be a storyteller. Any down time that I have I use to allow my brain to turn off (books, TV/movies). However, I’m trusting that this phase will pass and at some point, I’ll find a renewed vision/excitement for my life. I’m not content to live my life fully in the fan section.