Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Why do people cry when they see a celebrity?

When I took my daughters to go see the new Justin Bieber movie, Never Say Never, I thought "what a cute kid" and was done with the film after 30 minutes. Since I couldn't leave, I tried to make the most of the film, but began to just think the movie was silly. I was laughing at all the young girls in the movie that would just burst into tears and began wondering, "what is it about celebrities that make people cry when they see them?"

I really hate to admit, but I have met 2 celebrities and I too got emotional and wept. 

I tried looking up on google "why do people cry when they see celebrities" but found just opinions. So I then looked up "why do people cry."

The answer taken from the website

"We have tear ducts to lubricate and protect our eyes from dust and other particles. The ducts are under the upper eyelids and produce a salty liquid—a tear-–-that gets spread throughout the eye after each blink."
Three types of tears are generated by the human eye. Basal tears protect the eye and keep it moist. Reflex tears flush out the eye when it becomes irritated. And emotional tears flow in response to sadness, distress, or physical pain.
Studies have shown that emotional tears contain more manganese, an element that affects temperament, and more prolactin, a hormone that regulates milk production. Sobbing out manganese and prolactin is thought to relieve tension by balancing the body’s stress levels and eliminating build ups of the chemicals, making the crier feel better.
But this minor physiological benefit aside, the most likely reason we produce emotional tears is because it’s a means of communication. Adults may use crying to bond with other humans.
Humans, however, can and do dissolve into tears for any number of reasons. Cleansing the eye, relieving stress, conveying pain, communication, and societal assimilation can all lead to an empty tissue box."

In a nutshell, humans get emotional over someone they are emotionally attached to, they get overwhelmed and weep.

Easy enough.

But as far as Justin Bieber goes, I didn't get the Bieber fever but did add his new cd to my kids IPod's as requested.

1 comment:

  1. Growing up in LA, I was exposed to celebs all the time, so I thought it nothing to be on my honeymoon in Italy and meet Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) in the museum. We quietly shook hands and as I walked away, I hear my wife scream, "Oh, my God! Aaaaaah!" I quickly put space between me and this crazy woman, and acted as though I never knew her. Lol!