But 36% of young millennials say they’d like to be famous on social media
Social media and the widespread sharing of online information has allowed for some Americans to experience fame in a way that previously has been reserved for Hollywood stars or the rich and powerful. Some may remember the video of an American professor in the middle of a remote interview with BBC that was viewed 84 million times on Facebook because his children barged in to play on live TV. Others might miss Candace Payne, better known as Chewbacca Mom, whose candor and laughter stole the hearts of many Americans in a video that was viewed 164 million times. In a recent YouGov poll, though, 68% of Americans say they wouldn’t want to go viral. But of those that want to experience fame for a short amount of time, millennials are the most likely.
Perhaps the medium through which fame is gained is the defining issue. A YouGov poll in 2016 found that 53% of Americans say they would like to be at least slightly famous.