We talk about celebrities and their lives as if we know them: Beyonce’s twins, Justin Bieber’s public meltdowns, and new couples like Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. And celebrity now applies to people who’ve maximized their 15 minutes of fame, like the camera-hogging Kardashians. They took “famous-for-being-famous” to another level, but these days, it doesn’t matter to their millions of fans. The truth is, most Americans are avid consumers of celebrity news, and the obsession only seems to have gotten stronger. Why are Americans so obsessed with celebrities? And what does it mean?