This will be a long-form series, with other posts on this topic planned (if people are interested/care enough for me to justify spending time on this) and listed below:
Part 1: An Introduction: Stability, Intimacy, and Familiarity in Uncertain Times
Part 2: The Perfect Couple
Part 3: My Fans Are My Friends: How Celebrities Cultivate Community (and Profit)
Part 4: Eat With Me: From Reality TV to Mukbangs - Are We Living Vicariously Through Others
More Than Ever Before?
Part 5: KPop and the Evolution and Future of Parasocial Relationships
Part 6: The Toxic Fallout: How Parasocial Relationships Negatively Affect Real People
Today's post will cover Parts 1 and 2. As with any ONTD post, I'm sure the most interesting bits of information will end up in the comments through discussion so make sure to read the comments and participate!
But first, let’s start at the very beginning:
An Introduction: Stability, Intimacy, and Familiarity in Uncertain Times
What is a Parasocial Relationship?
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Obligatory Disclaimer: I don't know wtf I'm talking about. I did very little research. Take none of this as fact.
SOURCES: Gif 1 / Text Source 1 / Text Source 2 / Gif 2 / Tweet 1 / Text Source 3 / Gif 3 / YouTube Interview