There's even a name for it - celebrity worship syndrome
According to the University of Leicester, 26 per cent of the nation is suffering from Celebrity Worship Syndrome
and the fever is reaching heightened proportions.
Psychology experts at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine say Celebrity Worship Syndrome
is becoming a global phenomenon.
The thing that's REALLY going to do for us all, say scientists, is Celebrity Worship Syndrome
Celebrity Worship Syndrome
--already truncated to CWS --has been occupying the minds and filling the pay packets of academics.
MAYBE we should actually change the name of the column this week and call it, "My co-host Shep is talking abouta" as he has been caught up in the flurry of publicity surrounding Linda Barker (above), and now reckons he's got a new ailment identified in the press this week as Celebrity Worship Syndrome
, which research says a third of us have.
Exposure to hundreds of star images every day means you're almost certainly suffering "celebrity worship syndrome
" which can lead to anxiety and social dysfunction.
Returning from cinema, quiz friend on whether she's ever suffered from Celebrity Worship Syndrome
. ``I wrote to John Nettles once,'' she admits.
At the heart of all this is Celebrity Worship Syndrome
. Psychologists at that august seat of learning, Leicester University, have found one in three of us would ``lie, steal or worse'' if someone like Kylie Minogue, David Beckham or even Tony Blair told us to.
Psychologists at Leicester University have studied how many people exhibit traits typical of Celebrity Worship Syndrome
and decided the probable proportion was 36% of people in the UK and rising.
No jab against ``classic celebrity worship syndrome
'', seen in widespread weeping when Gareth Gates falls at the final Pop Idol hurdle, losing out to Will Young, six years older.