Taipei, A nonprofit child welfare organization has called on parents to be more involved with their children after a survey it conducted found that just over three-quarters of adolescents in Taiwan follow idols, some to the point of obsession.
According to the Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF), which released the results of the survey of children and teenagers aged 11-17 on Sunday, 76.7 percent of respondents idolized stars.
Of that group, 43.7 percent do it for entertainment and will talk about the people they like with friends or follow their idols in the news.
Another 31.9 percent identify themselves as "fans" who are willing to get into arguments with others to defend the people they follow, and 18 percent are obsessed to the point of being willing to commit crimes for their idols, according to the survey.
The phenomenon of these obsessive "idol worshipers" explains adolescents engaging in such acts as spending hours waiting for a famous star at an airport, screaming in wild excitement when the star arrives, or collecting every possible thing related to the star.
When the group of 76.7 percent of respondents who said they idolized stars were asked to identify the type of "stars" they followed, 52.4 percent said singers, 49.9 percent said internet celebrities, 33.6 percent said pop bands, 27.9 percent said actors, and 16.2 percent said athletes.
But nearly half (46.2 percent) of the respondents who idolized stars said their parents or guardians did not know who these stars were.
CWLF executive-secretary Huang Yun-hsuan (???) said that while there was no right or wrong in children following someone they idolize, copying and imitating stars who convey negative images or ideas could corrupt their values as they grow up.
Parents should therefore understand and be more involved in what their children follow to give advice and guidance, Huang said.
The CWLF survey, conducted May 21-June 15, collected 1,789 valid questionnaires from local adolescents aged 11 to 17. It had a confidence level of 99 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.05 percentage points.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel