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Teenage Fans - Puberty, Dreams, and the Stars

The star as a figure of identification

Many adults smile back to the times during their own puberty when they raved about a star or were even in love with him. In retrospect, this phase of life seems rather strange to them.

And they ask themselves why they acted so irrationally back then and, for example, drove several hundred kilometers to a concert even though they had already seen the band the week before. Even so, this behavior occurs in every generation of teenagers in our modern society - and there is a reason.

Young people are in a process of upheaval. Not only physical, but also mental development plays an important role between the ages of twelve and 20.

During this time, the individual character develops. To do this, teenagers need orientation and are looking for role models.

While in earlier times family members or friends were more of a reference point, the media world has opened up completely new possibilities for young people:

Television and the Internet are constantly creating new identifying figures, so that teenagers can choose exactly the star who best embodies their ideals. A fan object can help young people break away from their families and live out their independence.

In addition, the fan object also serves as a projection surface. That is, teenagers, for example, attribute to a star the qualities of a perfect partner that are important to them. This constructed ideal image then serves as an object of worship.

Number one fan object: pop music

The number of fan objects among adults and young people is huge. Nevertheless, it is noticeable that teenagers in particular are particularly concerned with pop music.

The psychologist Dr. Martin Huppert has dealt with exactly this phenomenon in a book and comes to a clear conclusion:

"The decisive trigger is that the music is related to the reality of life of the young people and that the young person recognizes himself in the music and the lyrics."

Not least because of this, many young musicians also rely on titles that address the everyday problems of young people. They reflect feelings that the fan can easily identify with.

The song by the singer LaFee "Heul noch", for example, describes the end of an unfortunate crush, from which a girl emerges strengthened. The band Killerpilze, on the other hand, demands in their song "Ferngesteuert" significantly "fewer rules and commandments" and thus speaks to the youth's urge for freedom from the soul.

But in addition to the music as such, it is also the community experience that fascinates teenagers about bands and artists. Dr. Martin Huppert explains: "Young people can find security, orientation and stabilization in a fan scene. In addition, adopting fashion trends and interests develops a new attitude towards life that they can share with others of their own age."

This is particularly important in the difficult pubertal phase, when adolescents often clash with classmates and people in authority. In a fan group whose members share a passion, there are far fewer conflicts because the common energy is directed towards the fan object.

The boy band phenomenon

Screaming and crying fans in front of a stage: this phenomenon is not new. The first group to provoke such reactions from the female mass audience was the Beatles in the 1960s. Back then, the images of the hysterical concert-goers seemed unusual, but in the 1990s they became normal.

Music managers like the American Lou Perlman perfected the product "boy group". He specifically selected young, good-looking singers for his bands, each of which represented a different type - visually and personally.

This gave the fans the opportunity to choose from a group of usually five guys who came closest to their ideal.

Lou Pearlman's successes with the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync also encouraged other music publishers to cast such groups, i.e. to put them together in a targeted manner.

For the mostly female fans, the band members often represented the ideal partner - the musicians received countless love letters.

Dr. Martin Huppert justifies this with the fact that girls, in contrast to boys, more quickly detach themselves from the perception of things in their development and turn to human relationships earlier.

Of course, this also means that girls really fall in love for the first time earlier - not infrequently with their role model, the star.

In some cases, however, these projected relationships go beyond normal and reach extreme proportions. When Robbie Williams announced his departure from the British band Take That on July 17, 1995, helplines had to be set up because some fans were threatened with suicide.

But according to Dr. Martin Huppert the exception. Although many boy band fans are in love with their star, interest often flattens out quickly with the end of puberty.

What remains, however, are the experiences and developments that a fan experiences together with the band and which can be quite positive.

In a survey in the Tokio Hotel fan club, many girls emphasized that their passion for the boy band (which is controversial among teenagers) above all gave them self-confidence.