Spending hours on end wondering how your favorite TV characters lives will pan out or spending those same hours scrolling through the #HarryStyles tag in Instagram may seem crazy to some but good news for all you super fans out there...it's completely normal. In fact, some psychologists say fandoms are good for mental health, and we couldn't agree more!
When you are a part of a group, especially something as large as a fandom, you have a sense of belonging. That, in turn, does wonder for your mental health. Don't take our word for it. Studies have shown there is a correlation between depression and not belonging to a community of some sort. While the study focused on LGBTQ teens, you can argue the results are the same for those in and out of fandoms.
Fandoms allow you to not only love something with a passion as fast and furious as Vin Diesel, but it also gives way to a world filled with people who share your sentiments towards whatever it is you love. Whether it's the dudes who find a common ground over My Little Pony AKA Bronies, or the queen bees of fandoms; teenage girls.
Fandoms come in all shapes and sizes, but you can't deny that teenage girls are the queen bees when it comes to getting all worked up over their favs. So parents really need to ease up about the "obsessions" their daughters have because all that time spent fawning over those fandoms are doing them well.
The Beatles and every boy band to follow would be NOWHERE without teenage girls, even Harry Styles knows that. He told Rolling Stone, "Teenage-girl fans — they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you."
Teenage girls aren’t only better off belonging to fandoms, but they are the best at pretty much saying what’s hot and what’s definitely not. With that, the next time someone says your obsession with talking about your favs all night, going to concerts or conventions, or just hanging out with people who share your love of something is stupid, you tell them that fandoms are good for mental health and that maybe they need one of their own to feel a little better instead of hating on you.