If anyone knows me well enough, they’ll know I have an obsession with manga and anime. I talk about it a lot in class, and with my friends, and just, in general, with anyone I talk to. They’ve made me cry, made me laugh, made me feel happy on the inside, and also made me feel connections with the characters I read and watch about. I feel their struggles, their pain, and their joy. It’s possible that my obsession and my love for them is quite unhealthy and a bit strange, in a creepy sort of way.
There are people out there who have these same feelings towards other things. If anyone has been on Tumblr or Deviant Art, they’ll know about things called fandoms on the internet. Whole groups of people band together and share their common interests in things, like TV series, books and bands. Some of these fandoms even have names based on their interest, for example, Whovians, Bronies, Directioners, Beliebers, Potterheads and more. Of course, there are other things people can obsess over, like video games, comics, and perhaps even companies like Apple. People can be interested in a wide variety of things, and these interests can greatly impact them as a person.
I can say with utmost confidence that before I started watching anime, I was quite a different person. Watching anime, and my subsequent obsession that I developed, changed me as person, and greatly influenced my personal development.
These kinds of obsessions are different than just a regular interest or enjoyment in something. Some people also enjoy the Harry Potter movies, but do not obsess over them like other people.
My question is, is this kind of behaviour normal? Developing intense obsessions such as these seems to be unheard of until more recent times. Or, perhaps, this kind of thing has always been prevalent in society? Are these obsessions healthy, or are they a detriment? Some people take things to extremes, and devote their entire lives to their particular interest, which can ruin their lives and the lives of people around them. But just because this happens, does that mean their interest, whatever it may be, is a bad thing for that?
Feel free to write anything else you’d like about obsessions, how people become obsessed with something, and how this obsession has the power to change people.