People generally copy styles of celebrities which include their clothes, hair styles and even mannerisms. Once I had come across an individual who had adopted the typical style of dialogue delivery of roadside political leaders and used to practice the same for impressing others.
However, perhaps the author is indicating about the habit of common people to buy something on watching their neighbours or friends having them.
Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.
But as we grow-up as adults,most of us stop imitating because, we sub-consciously have an identity of our own that is accepted by people around us. In such situations, if we try to imitate or change, it backfires. People start asking 'what happened to you', 'this doesn't suit you'. I've seen people in my profession, when they are promoted they try to imitate the boss or a recent character, it looks so funny, artificial and it's sad that the person's true image is lost.
If we were to imitate, we need to choose the good deeds, the acts to help others, the commitment and integrity that some people bring to their jobs and roles.
To some extent, such an imitation offers wide publicity to the hero who originally displayed such an attractive posture. In fact, the heroes indulged in such activities derive maximum pleasure witnessing the madness of the groups having made them super heroes.
It is not that much bad to copy someone indulged for the social - cause and by getting due encouragement, such youths may prove to be the chains of social - upliftment essential in the present scenarios.