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  Celebs 'massively influence' kids
Updated 01 March 2004, 10.51
David Beckham
Celebs like David Beckham and Kylie have a bigger influence on some kids' lives than their parents, teachers and mates, according to new research.

This has happened because kids can't get away from celebs - seeing them plastered over magazines, the net, the TV and newspapers, researchers said.

They said lots of kids took a healthy interest in celebs and gossiped about them with their friends.

But other kids developed an obsession with stars that left them feeling sad.

Kylie
Kylie

Researchers discovered that some kids worshipped celebs, seeing them almost as friends.

Lonely

These kids were more likely to feel lonely and cut off from other children.

A total of 191 kids aged 11 to 16 were quizzed in the study by researchers at Coventry and Leicester universities.

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