I’m Torn: Gossip Websites

Perez Hilton… TMZ… The Superficial… dListed… You name it, I read it. Probably in the past 10 minutes. I even have a special folder under my bookmarks tab for my favorite gossip websites. And it’s gotten a lot worse since I’ve started interning this summer – there’s only so many coffee runs to make and so many papers to file until I get bored and start reading up on all the latest celeb gossip.

But are all these gossip websites really the best way to spend my time? Should I really take pride in the fact that I know the latest dramz behind the scenes at Jennifer Love Hewitt’s house? Help, I’m torn:

Love It
I have a not-so-hidden propensity for the gossip, the chitchat, the rumors, the hearsay, whatever you want to call it. Basically, I love me some dirty laundry. The dirtier, the better, I say. Britney’s mad head-shaving incident? I was one of the first to express my shock. Lindsay Lohan’s bobble-head phase? Get the girl a double cheeseburger and animal style fries please. And Paris’ poor little Tinkerbell nowhere to be found? Time for some, “MIA: Dog,” signs around the neighborhood.

What can I say? I like being in the know.

Juicy celeb gossip is always a good conversation starter when the babbling river runs a little dry, and there’s always something new happening. It keeps me on my toes, not to mention keeps my brain preoccupied over those hump days at work when the clock seems to be running low on batteries and I’m about to collapse onto my desk and start drooling all over those super important reports I’m supposed to be filing. Plus, it’s important to be a well-rounded individual who knows what is going on; if I want to accurately follow up on the world, I need to know what’s going on in Hollywood too, right?

Loathe It
Ok, I know. I could spend those countless hours of needless gossiping on more useful things, like picking up a new hobby (basket weaving, knitting, jewelry-making) or even learning a new language (conversational skills in French would be advantageous in case I meet any cute European boys in the future after all). I bet if you added up all the time I spent on gossip sites it’s probably more than I spend doing homework. And definitely more than I spent studying for the SAT (bad call, I must say). It seems like the more you read, the more you want to know, and with all the links to other gossip sites along the side there’s just no stopping any time soon.

But after spending hours brushing up on the latest goings-on in the Gosselin house, I do start to feel really bad. I mean, I’m not the one writing it, but I am the one people are writing this stuff for and is it really my business what is happening in someone’s personal life? Is it really OK for me to sit here and laugh as someone’s relationships/career/mental health go down the tubes? Celebrities are people too and I can’t imagine speaking this viciously about the people in my real life…

But I just don’t know if I can stop. It’s all so…juicy. And accessible. Just a click and a scroll and I’ve got my gossip fix…. I’m not sure if I can fight the urge.

You know you love me.


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