More people are attention whores today than ever before and the numbers are soaring. Men, women and children become attention whores for many reasons including sex, money, or simply out of a desire to feel relevant and important. Among attention whores, celebrities are the most irritating and their posturing is the most likely to get attention.
Today, more than sixty million people worldwide are attention whores. We know that, because we just made up that statistic. The real number could be much higher. Try making up your own numbers and see if you can get some attention.
Many Americans don’t realize that thousands of people become attention whores each year. Or that television, the press, and those tabloids you buy in the supermarket checkout queue just encourage more people to become attention whores. By following their activities in the media, Americans contribute to the problem.
Figures from the FBI indicate that in the US alone, up to 1 million people annually are at risk of becoming attention whores and performing grotesque acts in public.
Attention whoring is not limited to the unlovely and unsuccessful; in fact, recent studies have shown that wealthy, attractive and successful people - such as Hollywood celebrities - may be MORE likely to become attention whores.
In almost 100% of cases, attention whoring is driven by addiction: attention whores surveyed in one study reported that they often felt desperate and degraded, but their need for public recognition forced them to continue to seek attention, even though they knew it was hurting them.
When unable to obtain celebrity, many attention whores quickly turn to readily-available substitutes such as notoriety or even infamy.
Once a person becomes an attention whore, they will quickly find themselves surrounded by enablers - agents, publicists, tabloid journalists - who claim to be there to ‘help’ them but are only interested in encouraging further acts of attention whoredom to serve their own interests.
Attention whoring is a multi-billion dollar industry. Each attention whore can earn their ‘handler’ hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.
Very few attention whores ever fully recover.
Ash - can you get someone from the agency to jam in a bunch of questionable studies here, to make it look like we’ve done some research? Thanks, D.