Nowadays, as role models, famous people have increasing influence on the young. Is it a positive or negative development?
Role models are highly important for us psychologically, helping to guide us through life during our development, to make important decisions that affect the outcome of our lives, and to help us find happiness in later life. In my opinion, famous people as role models are generally having both positive and negative effects on the young.
When the young are growing up, they look to their role models for inspiration and use it as a blueprint for how they should behave when they are older. Nevertheless, some famous people set some bad examples. For instance, if one has watched the 2008 Summer Olympics, he or she must have seen Micheal Phelps, the famous swimmer. Phelps is famous for breaking the record for receiving the most gold medals at a single Olympics. Many of his fellow fans and swimmers believe that he did this fairly. However, this all changed when a photo of Micheal Phelps smoking marijuana was released in early 2009. He was suspended from competitive swimming for three months, which disappointed many fans. Obviously, this will exert adverse impacts on those young swimmers.
However, there is a good side, as there are many good celebrities out there. One very good role model is Barrack Obama. Obama studied very hard when he was a child. As reported in Time Magazine, Obama was awakened early by his mother and forced to study at 4 a.m. However, this all paid off, as he became a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, and became a Senator. His most astounding achievement was his victory in the 2008 presidential election against John McCain. Obama serves as a role model of succeeding by his own efforts.
In sum, the influence from celebrities may vary significantly. Only under right guidance can young people benefit from the behaviors of famous people.