Entertainment can take many forms. It could be private or personal or general and public. Playing with friends is one form of entertainment. Watching a movie with others is another form of entertainment. There are differences between private and public entertainment. Personal entertainment is a reflection of our individual experiences and our worldviews. Interactive entertainment is less common in general entertainment. This seems to be a contradiction since all forms of entertainment, private and public, are more interactive. While this situation is changing, television programs are increasing audience participation. However, interaction patterns between entertainers in public entertainment scenarios remain within strict limits.
Entertainment transports us to another world, and fulfils our desire for fantasy and escape from the real world. This holds true especially for entertainment that is more accessible or provided by media, such as films, theatres, music, and other forms of creative arts. The theatre and films transport us into a fantasy world and keep our attention, so that we feel like we are part of it. Entertainment can also come in the form gossip, magazine articles and celebrity culture. The psychology of entertainment may also explain our obsession with celebrity culture. Celebrities seem to offer a whole new world of fantasies. For some, knowing the movements of celebrities can bring great satisfaction. It could almost feel like you are part of a fantasy world. Fantasies can be used to overcome frustrations and provide a way to escape the realities of everyday life. Entertainment helps us move past real emotions and stressful moments. We can also participate in fantasies that are soothing. As spectators, we are able to still be involved in the fantasies in a tacit or passive way.
Participating in any film, book or creative art is like relaxing on a reclining seat that allows you to relax while the technology soothes your muscles. Entertainment is a form of entertainment that we almost participate in passively. Although we might be alert and awake while watching a movie, entertainment gives the illusion of non-participation because we are not allowed to become voluntarily involved in the scene. Entertainment could include any form of enjoyment, but entertainment can also be painful. For example, when we feel emotionally attached to characters while watching a movie, we might cry.