All April Fool’s Day jokes aside, there may be something to the phrase “Bieber Fever,” but not in the clinical sense I wrote about earlier today.
In all seriousness, what is Bieber Fever? Aside from an appreciation for his music, what’s driving some of his fans to completely lose it for the singer?
According to health experts, for most fans it’s just a safe infatuation. That’s it, nothing more, nothing less.
According to a Wall Street Journal article, the concept of a safe infatuation – this case taking the name Bieber Fever – isn’t new or really unique to Justin Bieber. Think Beatlemania, New Kids on the Block or Backstreet Boys; as long as there have been teen heartthrobs, there have been teens swooning over them.
As one University of Minnesota expert says, it’s really ok.
“I see no clinical problem with a safe, adolescent infatuation,” said Kathryn Cullen, M.D., a psychiatrist with the University of Minnesota Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians. “Kids really like to rally around things together and in the case of Justin Bieber, they seem to either love him or they hate him depending on what is considered “cool” in their social circle.”
Teens have had innocent obsessions with celebrities for years. Often girls obsess over singers and actors, while boys may turn their attention towards sports figures.
“Pre-teens and teens are developing a sense of self, fostering new interests and suddenly aware of the opposite sex,” Cullen explained. “Channeling these feelings towards an unattainable celebrity is safe and innocent.”
Cullen went on to explain that while it can happen at times, it is very unlikely that an innocent obsession with a celebrity will put a teen in a dangerous situation. More often, it’s usually just a passing fad.
So, it turns out Bieber Fever isn’t a pandemic sweeping the globe, regardless of what you personally think. For most fans, liking the Biebs a little too much is just fine, and is in no way harmful to their health.